IT'S A DOG'S LIFE PROGRAM FINDS HOMES FOR FRIENDS.Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. - Adopt-a-Pet's members are looking for Looking for
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Showing signs of past abuse - like an intense mistrust of brown-haired women - Gypsy has been in the care of Adopt-a-Pet for three months. She's received obedience training obedience training
a standardized program of training for dogs calculated to give owners mastery of their dogs at all times. The grades of increasing excellence vary between countries. A popular grading is Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent, Utility Dog and Tracking Dog. and is becoming more social, but she is still a work in progress.
``She is strong and agile and able to leap over base housing fencing,'' said Victoria Coutts, the group's secretary. ``We would like to find her a home off base, maybe at a ranch.''
Created this year, Adopt-a-Pet is a private, nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. dedicated to finding homes for pets like Gypsy and educating Edwards families The Edwards family of Chile is of English origin, and became financially and politically influential during the 19th century. It has played and still plays a significant role in Chilean politics, specially as owners of its most influencial newspaper chain, El Mercurio S.A.P.. about pet ownership.
For military personnel, owning a dog or cat poses issues not often seen in civilian life.
One of those is the short notices of reassignments or deployments. Another is that sometimes service personnel are sent to bases in foreign countries that require pet quarantines that last weeks or even months.
Rather than putting the pet through that ordeal, service members will often give an animal up for adoption.
But pets are also a blessing for many military families and can be one of the few constants in an ever-changing life.
``Pets help through hard times, especially during moving times,'' said Lori Palumbo, an Adopt-a-Pet volunteer.
The group, which has about 25 adult members and a youth program with eight members, has placed at least a dozen cats and probably about three times that number of dogs since June alone, said Coutts, whose husband is vice commander of Edwards' Air Force Flight Test Center.
``We like helping people, supporting the military families and getting the creatures their comforts,'' Coutts said.
Adopt-a-Pet volunteers work closely with the Edwards' 95th Security Forces Wildlife and Animal Control Facility, coming in three days a week to help feed, exercise and socialize so·cial·ize
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.
2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable. the animals.
The animal control facility is located in a remote area of the base. In the near future, Adopt-a-Pet plans to operate out of a vacant building that once housed Edwards' veterinary clinic.
The building will serve as a temporary shelter for foster animals prior to being adopted.
The fledgling group has a long list of needs, including the need for more volunteers and more foster families, said Suzy Riedell.
``They need to take care of animals, provide a home and socialize the animal,'' Riedell said of foster families. ``We provide the food and vet service.''
Other needs include pet supplies, such as collars, pet crates, pet food, and, for their building, fencing to build kennel runs.
Anyone wanting to either adopt an animal or volunteer as a foster family should call Riedell at (661) 258-9524. Anyone wishing to be a volunteer can call Jen Doherty at (661) 258-9127.
To make a cash donation, call Melissa Talbert at (661) 258-0939.
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2. to Gypsy. Lori Palumbo and Victoria Coutts, left, clean out the cages at the EAFB EAFB Edwards Air Force Base (California, USA)
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Jim Skeen/Special to the Daily News