When U.S. troops get deployed or put on an assignment overseas, they are often left with the difficult decision of what to do with their pets while they are away. While some members of the military leave their pets with family members or friends, others are forced to surrender them to shelters.
But Melvin "Buzz" Miller could not bear to think of the pain troops face when they have to give up a canine companion in order to risk their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. So the wealthy real estate lawyer, former day trader and golden-touch entrepreneur started a foster program for soldiers who need temporary homes for their pets while they are away, The Inquirer reports.
At age 61, he left his business jobs and started animal rescue
work. He worked with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, fundraising and advocating for animal rights legislation. In 2007, he started his own animal rights nonprofit, People/Animals = Companions Together. Now, he is working with a general from the Pennsylvania National Guard, a unit that deploys more than most others in the country, the news source reports. He hopes to have 100 to 200 families ready to take in pets when 3,000 soldiers from the area are deployed to Kuwait next year.