When service members are deployed overseas, they often have to leave loved ones behind, including their pets.
One organization is giving members of the military some peace of mind by finding foster homes for their beloved animals.
Cindy Liggett is fostering Jules, a 1-year-old Schnauzer-Shih Tzu mix, through Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet.
The group takes in basically any pet of a deployed service member and matches them with foster homes.
Once someone volunteers to foster an animal, workers interview that person and visit the home to ensure a pet is matched to the right home.
"When you fill out an application, you can put the information down to the breed of animal that you would like to foster, whether it be a large dog, small dog," said Megan Powell with Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet.
It's not just the troops who benefit.
"Our family has fostered two dogs so far with Guardian Angels. We became involved because our family wanted to do something to support our troops and taking care of their pet while they were away was something we could do pretty easily," Liggett said.
And often people who start out as strangers become friends.
"You do get to correspond with the soldiers overseas. They are so appreciative of us taking care of their animal while they're away," Liggett said. "We were really privileged. The previous owner of the dog we took care of, their owner brought back an American flag from Afghanistan that they flew and presented it to us. We were deeply touched by that, very humbled."
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