Archive for July, 2014

Thank You Dr. Coward for Your Kind Words

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Coward Letterr_0001Veterinarians work hard every day to help people and their pets in their communities.  The AHF — through the Angel Fund — is happy to help.

Dr. Coward of the Animal and Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo recently reached out to the Angel Fund for the Jackson family’s dog Cody.

Dr. Coward wrote us a nice letter of thanks for our help and we wanted to share it with you.

The AHF is pleased we could be of assistance to Dr Coward and  the Jackson’s.  Thank you Dr Coward for your kind words.

Military Hero Dogs Back in the States to Reunite with their Handlers

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014



Thanks to you, some of America’s bravest heroes — our military dogs — have come back to a hero’s welcome and a safe, loving home following a lifetime of service to their country.

With your help we’ve been able to bring home seven of these courageous canines in just the past four months and reunite them with their heroic handlers:

   •  MWD Cila and Sgt. Jason Bos, who served close to 100 missions in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

•  MWD Ryky and Sgt. James Harrington, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan from 2008 to 2011, working in front of a convoy to sniff out deadly IEDs.

•  MWD Thor and Sgt. Deano Miller, who spent every moment in Afghanistan together identifying IEDs but had been separated since 2010.

•  CWD Mariah and Sgt. Omar Peña, who forged a bond in Afghanistan that not only kept them safe on the battlefield, but also provided important companionship while not on patrol.

•  CWD Boo and Cpl. James Hinton, who were such a great team identifying IEDs that Boo would often sniff out explosives without being given the command.

•  CWD Cena and Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, who served together during Operation Moshtarak, considered the largest military operation in Afghanistan at the time.

•  CWD Donna and Cpl. Joaquin Aranda, who counted on each other to survive the long cold nights in Afghanistan together.

In fact, each trained military dog saves the lives of an estimated 150-200 U.S. service men and women, and they deserve not only our respect but a good, safe retirement on U.S. soil.

But not every one of our four-footed veterans is so lucky. For a variety of reasons, some don’t get home to enjoy the happy, healthy lives they have so richly earned.

To change this and urge America and its leaders to bring home ALL our veterans — including those on four legs — please join us and three of the military hero dog teams you helped reunite on Capitol Hill tomorrow at 2:30 pm in the Cannon Building, Room 210, for an afternoon you won’t soon forget. We promise you will walk away with a new-found appreciation for the brave sacrifices made by the two- and four-legged warriors.

With gratitude,

Robin R. Ganzert, PhD
President and CEO

Thank you Cynde and Shakai

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The Animal Health Foundation Board of Trustees thanks Cynde Carlton and Shakai for years of bringing smiles to those in need.  Shakai has been retired and will be taking a well-deserved rest at home!

Shakai TD

New Pet Partner Whitney

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Breed:  All American Mix

Birthday:  June 22, 2007

Handler:  Katy

Whitney is the ultimate sweetheart and quite the Mama’s girl.  When first adopted in 2009, Whitney was shy and hesitant to make new friends.  She’s grown-up a lot since then and has now become a very friendly, little pup.

Whitney loves taking walks, learning new tricks, and with her perky ears, she is always on alert.  She loves going to the park on Saturday for play dates with her doggie friends.  Whitney lives with handler, Katy, sister, Lilah, and cat friend, Bro.

Meet New Pet Partner Delilah

Monday, July 21st, 2014



Breed:  Cocker Spaniel Mix

Birthday:  May 26, 2011

Handler:  Katy

Delilah loves everyone she meets.  Her nickname is “Wiggle Butt”, because she is so excited to greet people, she can’t stop wiggling her bottom.

Delilah, or Lilah, was adopted from Camp Cocker Rescue in 2013 and quickly passed her Good Manners classes and Canine Good Citizen.  She loves hanging out in the park with her doggie friends on Saturday.  Lilah lives with handler, Katy, big sister, Whitney, and cat friend, Bro.

Board Member to speak at Continuing Education Event

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Therapy Animal Class Rev 2

Board Member and Manager of the AHF Caring Creatures’ Pet Partner program – Jan Vincent – will be speaking on how alternative therapies such as Pet Therapy can foser physical, social and emotional wellbeing at a Continuing Education Meeting for medical professionals.

The meeting will be held at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills.