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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
It's a problem facing soldiers every year. It's time to deploy, and there's no place to keep their pet. Now one national organization is helping out those four-legged loved ones soldiers don't want to leave behind.
Gabriela Quiroc spent the last 12 months in Afghanistan on medical supply with the 101st Airborne Division. In that time, she had to leave behind her German shepherd, Axel.
"I would see the working dogs with the military" said Quiroc. "I would see them and wish I had my dog there.
Finding a place to stay for Axel was a challenge. Then, Quiroc discovered Guardian Angels for Soldiers' Pet.
"When a soldier truly wants to keep their pet, we find a home for them that's suitable to the dog," said the organization's Tennessee State Director Shawna Michaud. "The foster homes keep in touch with pictures and everything."
Michaud became Axel's foster parent herself.
"I love to see the soldiers' faces when they get to see their pets," said Michaud. "Gabby, being a single soldier, this is her entire family. Gabby comes home, and she could have no one. Then there's Axel. That's just awesome."
"I always feel safe when he's with me," added Quiroc. "I think it's a great program. It really helps out the soldiers."
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