|Camp Pendleton Dogs Homeless|
|With military families likely to make many moves, any pets they adopt are as likely to face abandonment. Often, families try their best to get the pets they leave behind adopted into good homes, but sadly, sometimes it is too difficult a task.
The European edition of Stars and Stripes has a feature about one woman who has done a lot to help. Chief Petty Officer Christine Smock has had enough tours of duty to understand the problems of homeless military pets. She's been stationed in places like Bahrain, Rota, Sardinia, Sicily and Naples. In Italy, Smock founded the new Naples Friends of Animals in an effort to prevent military members from abandoning dogs and cats when faced with a move. And Smock doesn't stop there -- she also does fundraising and develops programs for animal care and first aid.
To make matters worse, among the Marines who have shipped out are volunteers at the shelter. Now, the base says it must close the shelter altogether because the cost is too high.
If you live in the area and can adopt a Camp Pendleton dog or a cat, please call the shelter at (760) 725-8120.