Paws of War is urgently on a mission to bring people in the community together to help cover the costs of saving a soldier’s rescued cat. Specialist Michael is stationed in Africa, where he saved and bonded with a kitten named Nala. After seeing how stray animals are mistreated in the area, he contacted the organization for help to rescue Nala back to the US, where she can live out her life in peace with him and his family.
“We owe so much to those who serve in the military, essentially giving so much to all of us,” explains Robert Misseri, co-founder of Paws of War. “When it comes to a case like this, we simply need the community to pull together to help make the relocation happen.”
Having a rescued pet relocated from overseas is possible but costly, and there’s a lot of red tape. Paws of War has helped enough members of the military with these missions that they have the process down, but they do need help covering the costs of the task, which involves airfare, fees, veterinary care, etc.
Spc. Michael, who was born and raised in the Bronx, enrolled in the Citadel Military College in South Carolina. He was later enlisted in the military, where he was deployed to Africa. While volunteering at an orphanage during deployment, he came across a pregnant homeless cat who they named Lulu. They cared for Lulu, providing her with food and comfort and giving her a safe place to deliver her babies.
Spc. Michael quickly bonded with one of Lulu’s babies, who he named Nala. The two formed a strong bond, and he is now desperate to get her relocated to the US to live with him when his deployment is over. Once his deployment is over, he hopes to go to Harvard Law School and become a lawyer so that he can make a difference in the lives of others. Plus, his hope is to work with Paws of War to make it possible for the orphanage in Africa to receive a therapy dog to bring love, confidence, and comfort to the children who will benefit from the presence of the dog.
“I met Nala’s mom, Lulu, when I first arrived in Africa. She would visit me during my night shift every night,” says Spc. Michael. “After Lulu gave birth, Nala and I immediately had a bond. Every day I would feed them tuna and check on them to ensure they were okay. Nala now sleeps in my arms – on her back like a baby. I can’t imagine leaving her behind and want to give her a good life back home, and I am so thankful to Paws of War for making that possible.”
To help financially support the mission of getting Nala to the US to live, Spc. Michael, visit the site at: https://pawsofwar.networkforgood.com/projects/193612-help-save-nala
Paws of War has been operating worldwide since 2014, helping the military save the animals they rescue while deployed overseas. They have helped veterans with numerous issues, including suicide prevention, service and support dogs, companion cats and dogs, food insecurity, veterinary care, etc.Paws of War has a large loyal following of supporters and looks forward to working with new corporate sponsors to support these life-saving programs. To donate, visit its site at: http://pawsofwar.org.
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