Foster found for deployed Fort Hood soldier's dog
A foster family has been found to take care of a Fort Hood soldier’s dog, which was abandoned while he was deployed.
A Killeen woman named Vanessa has agreed to watch “Noonie” and took him home from the Killeen Animal Shelter after being approved to be his foster on Saturday.
“For a soldier who is gone, absolutely,” said Vanessa.
The Bullmastiff was brought in to the shelter as a stray on Thursday.
A solider named Elijah Chrismas had adopted him from the same shelter in late April/early May with his girlfriend.
The woman was supposed to watch the dog while he was in Korea, but Chrismas said she left him soon after he was deployed in June.
Chrismas said he asked the woman to leave Noonie with someone to watch him until he returned, but next thing he knew, people were calling him saying his dog had been found and was taken to the shelter where he might get adopted by another family.
Per city policy, an owner has four days to claim an animal, after that, it goes up for adoption.
“It’s not fair he would lose his dog because someone else gave up their responsibility,” said Vanessa. “It’s not fair they would lose their pup over that, especially so far away he can’t do anything.”
A local animal group called Central Texas Lost & Found Pets got involved to help find someone to foster Noonie so he and his owner could reunite when Chrismas returns in February.
With their help, Vanessa reached Chrismas, who gave her a note to take to the shelter saying she was able to foster Noonie while the soldier is away.
While he’s great with children, there was some confusion about whether or not Noonie was good with other dogs.
However, Vanessa, who didn’t want to give her full name to take any credit, said Noonie hasn’t been a problem at all and is wonderful with her German shepherd puppy.
“My biggest problem is I can’t get them to stop playing,” Vanessa joked.
“He plays with my other dog and sits his big head on my kid’s lap, he’s just very relaxed,” she said.
Vanessa isn’t alone in wanting to help care for the soldier’s dog.
Food, a collar, a bed, even future visits to the veterinarian have been donated for Noonie’s care.
“People have been super supportive,” said Vanessa.
Anyone who would like to donate to help the soldier and Noonie can contact Sylvia Hall with Central Texas Lost & Found Pets at (254) 548-9975.