WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — When the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County and an animal rescue group asked for volunteers to foster a Marine’s puppy while he was away at basic training, the response was remarkable.

The Marine’s friend, Diane Henjum, says they had a list of volunteers three pages long who were willing to care for the 7-month-old Basset Hound-Springer Spaniel mix named Oreo. Henjum says the dog has been delivered to a foster family in Montevideo.

The 19-year-old Marine is expected to be in training at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri for six months. The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter is donating the cost of having Oreo vaccinated, spayed and microchipped.

The West Central Tribune says the foster family plans to keep the Marine updated on Oreo’s development.

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Comments (3)
  1. Linda says:

    We are fostering a dog for a soldier who is deployed. We will have him until October of this year, we’ve had him since April of 2010. We went through Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets (gaspmn.com). If anyone else is interested in fostering an animal, I suggest they contact them. It’s a wonderful organization.

  2. John says:

    The link in Linda’s comment for Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets did not work for me. However, http://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/ did.

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