National Guard Nurse killed and now Sanctuary she ran needs help finding homes for dogs she loved FW: Amberwood Sanctuary Closing!!!

10 of Lamorah's dogs are still AT RISK!!!  You can find new pictures and bios on for the at-risk babes.  These dogs need your help!!!  There are brothers and sisters, abandoned trailer park dogs, and other wonderful and sweet dogs


Please check out the website and call 404/310-8988 for adoption/rescue assistance.  Also - email (@

From: Judy Simon <>
Sent: Sat, September 25, 2010 9:47:58 AM
Subject: Amberwood Sanctuary update--STILL 10 DOGS NEED HELP



From: Leigh Stephens <>
Date: Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM
Subject: Amberwood Sanctuary update

Thank you" to all of you for your efforts in helping with the crisis at Amberwood Sanctuary in Fairburn, GA

  As you many of you do not know, Lamorah passed away Monday, September 20th.  Her funeral was today, Friday, and burial will be in Savannah on Sunday.

   The world lost a very special and unique lady, she was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines for 28 years, after Eastern Airlines went under she dusted off her RN Degree and went back to nursing school receiving a BSN and later specializing in Wound Care.  She then joined Army National Guard Unit 117th M.A.S.H. until mandatory retirement at the age of 60.  But, most of all, she was an animal rescuer.  This was her dream and love........

    We've gotten the numbers down, but there are still 10 dogs remaining, let's find "forever" homes for them, and for Lamorah...........


Dear Denise,

So nice to meet you today. Here is the link to Operation Bagdad Pups. 

As you can see in the Partners section, Bark Busters provides completely free training for those dogs stateside.

 Hope you have a great weekend!

 Mary Ann Harmon

Dog Behavioral Therapist and Trainer

Bark Busters Home Dog Training


Hi Denise
She has this taken care of ;0) Thank you for offering to help with transport.

BTW if you hear of a soldier needing help moving a furkid let me know I am always available to help our Military


Roads of Hope

A 501(c)3 Organization



On September 23rd, 2001, Operation Noble Foster was officially launched to provide temporary foster homes for military and paramilitary owned cats. At the same time, we suggested and encouraged to provide a similar service for non-cat pets.  Since that time more than 6000 people have signed up with Operation Noble Foster to volunteer to foster cats and more than 4500 military owned cats have been fostered.  The military owners have been thankful and our foster volunteers are proud to have made it possible for there to be many happy reunions after their service.


At this time, the need for this service continues unabated. We do need many more fosters to handle the steady flow as some previous volunteers have had life changes precluding their continued participation. In addition, to help advertise the service, we need to print more of our brochures and send them to volunteers who will distribute them in their area or at cat shows.


Here's how YOU can help:

SPREAD THE WORD - Let us know if you are willing to distribute our flyers and pamphlets. We may ship pamphlets to you or send you a pdf of the flyer to print out. You can also put the ONF logo and link on your website!  (see for how to do that)


FOSTERING - If you are considering volunteering to foster for 1-24 months, you will find more information here:


           BASICS: <>


           FAQ: <>


           SIGN UP TO FOSTER: <


DONATE:  It will cost approximately $350 for 1000 new pamphlets including shipping. The pamphlets have been an extraordinary help in signing up volunteers to foster. Please help us print more as we are down to our last 10 pamphlets.  In addition, we need your help with the cost of maintaining the website and database. All donations are tax deductible.






Linda Pollack Mercer, M.D.

Director, Operation Noble Foster, <


Man's Best Friend Helps Heal War Wounds

Leif Meisinger and Spyder
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Leif Meisinger, a former Army gunner, says getting Spyder was one of the best things that ever happened to him. He credits his canine companion with helping to ease his PTSD.

Leif Meisinger and Spyder
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Leif Meisinger, a former Army gunner, says getting Spyder was one of the best things that ever happened to him. He credits his canine companion with helping to ease his PTSD.

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May 1, 2010

Unwanted and abandoned dogs fill shelters nationwide, and not many will get a second chance. But, in California there's a new organization that is saving one dog at a time and, in the process, helping those who have served.

One of those people is Leif Meisinger, a combat veteran who still wears a military-style buzz cut. His arms are tapestries of colored ink, including a few tattoos he got in Iraq.

The 40-year-old former Army gunner says he has a mild traumatic brain injury after a roadside bomb blast and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"It was like I was back in Iraq again," he says. "I was up at night, and I would sleep during the day."

A few months ago, something in his life changed. Meisinger received a dog from Pets for Vets — a Los Angeles-based organization that matches shelter dogs with veterans like Meisinger who are having a hard time re-entering civilian life.

"I love this dog," Meisinger says, "and … I've never really been an animal-type person."

Four-Legged Therapists

The 215-pound soldier plays fetch with the 10-pound dog, Spyder.

"It's the greatest thing that ever could happen to me … getting the dog," he says. "Now I'm a social butterfly. Whereas before, I was in my house drinking, just dying … doing nothing."

The founder of Pets for Vets, Clarissa Black, says adopting an animal can change veterans' lives.

"It's like having a best friend," she says. "It's like having a companion. Many of these guys, they talk to their dogs. They tell their dogs things they could not tell anyone else — sometimes even their therapists. And together they're helping each other heal."

Although her job is extremely rewarding, there are hard parts, too, such as choosing dogs out of the many that need a home.

We've seen some of our veterans really feel connected to something. Without that connection to an animal or pet, they really did feel alone.

At Los Angeles County's high-kill animal shelter, Black looks for a retriever mix. As if reading her mind, dozens of dogs of all sizes try to get her attention.

"It's very hard to walk down and see all the animals looking at you and knowing they need a home as well," she says.

Breeding Connections

After volunteering in an animal therapy program at a Veterans Affairs hospital, the 27-year-old certified animal trainer saw a special need and started Pets for Vets. She's placed eight dogs since June.

"You can just see the months and years of stress melt away from the first moment that [the vets] see their dog," Black says.

She doesn't have much of a budget. A small band of volunteers and donations help cover her expenses to train the dogs as companion animals.

And for veterans with special emotional needs, Black, who has a degree in Animal Sciences from Cornell, says she teaches the dogs to recognize things like a panic attack by simulating the behavior herself. She then trains the dogs to react with a gentle nudge or kiss.

"It is a very good partner to group therapy or one-on-one therapy," says Richard Beam, a spokesman for the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., which has referred patients to the Pets for Vets program. "It's a perfect augmentation."

"We've seen some of our veterans really feel connected to something," he says, "whereas without that connection to an animal or a pet, they really did feel alone."

That was certainly true for Meisinger, who says he still participates in group therapy at the VA once a week. But he says it's Spyder that keeps him grounded on the other days.

"I'll be sitting there, and I have no idea what I'm thinking, I'm just staring at something, and all of a sudden he comes up and starts licking my face, and it's like 'Oh whoa' — he pulls me back," Meisinger says. "He keeps me from going to that spot that you don't need to go to."


Former Homeless Puppy in Iraq Now Making Strides in Riverside
KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids
Wed, 12 May 2010 12:20 PM PDT
WASHINGTON is a dog still shy of a year old but the German shepherd mix was an old pro in a room full of second-graders at Stewart Elementary School in Washington.


We are currently trying to raise money to bring home (to the United States) a puppy my husband (an EOD tech in the USMC) rescued after an explosion. Her name is "Spike" and she is an Anatolian Shepherd, there are pics on her website as well as the story if you would rather just read it there. We really need help, even if people can't help if they could forward her story to someone who can that wuld be great! We currently have $425 raised, our goal is $3000 by next month. Thanks to everyone who has the heart to help at least to pass the story on. She is a very special puppy!


Facebook Group:!/group.php?gid=402252426240

Spikes Story

"Spike" is a vivacious and fun loving young Anatolian Shepherd puppy rescued by Neil Kulik and the infantry platoon with which he is serving in Marjah Afghanistan. Many of you may have seen the News coverage of "Operation Moshtarak" throughout February and into this month. SSGT Kulik an EOD tech attached to an infantry company found tiny Spike alone and frightened after the building she was living in was blown up. SSGT Kulik and his team went to clear the building after blowing it up and he came upon her in a corner, she was shaking and let out a fearful grown as he pet her.

SSGT Kulik promised Spike he would return to her and gave her some water until the next time he could see her. He returned as soon as he was able honoring his promise to the young little puppy. It was a day later and he brought her food and more water. Spike recognized him and wagged her tail. She grew fond of this human and his many friends who brought her food and water and even played with her. She soon became one of them, going with them when she could and bringing as much joy to the Marines as they brought to her. Spike who suffered hearing loss in the explosion that she survived has taken no notice to her injury, she is just happy to be alive. She has become so fond of Neil and his friends that she protects them, growling at people who are out of place and keeping all of the Marines safe.

Her favorite human,SSGT Kulik, is to leave Marjah and return to the United States soon and he has told her he wants her to come with
. All of the Marines who have had the joy of playing with her during such a daunting time for them want to help to get Spike home as well. The financial cost of getting Spike into the United States is a huge burden and SSGT Kulik is hoping that enough kind people will step forward to make this possible for Spike. He fears that if left behind she will die with her hearing loss making hervulnerable to predators, other dogs, and military vehicles . Many dogs in Afghanistan are shot at and murdered. Dog fighting is prominent and Spike wants to be honored for her service to our countries Marines and the men have told her they don't leave anyone behind, Spike certainly hopes that they will honor their promise when it comes to her as well, that she will come home as one of them, as she deserves to, as a hero.

The cost to bring Spike to the United States is approximately $3,000.00. This includes her flights and quarantine in Pakistan.

I do not have more than several hundred dollars myself so Spike is counting on the generosity of caring humans to help her.

If enough money isn't raised in the next few weeks to allow for Spike to be brought home with her new family the full amount of the money raised will be donated to the ASPCA.

Please, any little bit helps, don't let Spikes humans suffer any more loss, don't allow the Marines who love her to be forced to leave one of their own behind.

Every little bit helps.

The Following is Info on the situation and the background story.

Neil (Ssgt Kulik) has always cared deeply for dogs. Here he is seen in Iraq in 2008 with Daisy, a dog who was rescued in Iraq and given working dog status and saved. Daisy remains in Iraq but is now safe on a base. He rescued and re-homed four dogs between deployments just last summer (2009).




If anybody can help......get this little guy to US! Marine in Afghanistan wants to bring this little puppy home with him to US! You think it is just a puppy right? Well this buddy was the only thing keeping this Marine going in a war zone and the only thing that will keep him sane when he gets back from this war and all the horror he has seen.   That is why we help.


From: Michelle Polaski []
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 10:09 AM
Subject: FW: Bear Pup Afghanistan Friend Buddy


"Hi Everyone,

We raised enough money for Bear to come home, but Bear's friend Buddy has been adopted by one of the other Marines. Please pass this link around and if you can help that would be great. Thank you everyone you all have been amazing at helping us get our Marine's Furry Friends home."

Sabrina Golembesky
Cell: 845-325-6350
Email: SErvice Dogs with Veterans is very important see why

Fighting On...

written by Luis Carlos Montalván
on December 14, 2009

The past few weeks have been particularly hard. Since I filed a federal lawsuit against McDonald's, the media has taken an interest in this case. While I am determined to hold McDonald's accountable for their flagrant discriminatory practices and an assault and battery perpetrated by their employees, it has been stressful to have to revisit memories of war and trauma through a myriad of media interviews.

When I came home from my second tour in Iraq in 2006 and departed the Army in 2007, I had no idea I would have to personally battle for my own rights — rights I committed to protect for the better part of my life. I knew that recovering from war was going to take time, but I never, in a million years, thought that I would have to defend the right to live in my neighborhood and go about my day just as any other person does.

So now that it's come to this, I thought I would share some of what's been going on over the past few weeks...

I hope this posting offers some insight into what a number of people and veterans with disabilities have to endure. Hopefully, this fight will help contribute to the prevention of others from having to deal with such issues in the future.

With blessings and best regards,

Luis (& Tuesday)

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Luis Carlos Montalván


Iraq Veteran and journalist. On being a veteran with disability issues