TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) - When Jason Lynne was called upon to serve his country, he feared he would lose two of his best friends.
With just days to find them a foster home, someone stepped up to help. Those two friends are his dogs he had rescued from shelters.
After being deployed for six months and with the help of an animal foster program, Lynne has now been reunited with his buddies.
“I've looked forward to it since the day I dropped them off, it was pretty hard,” he said.
It was the kind of homecoming Lynne was looking forward to.
“They're my buddies; we’re pretty much inseparable back home,” Lynne said. “I was really concerned I was going to have to give them up and I was very, very thankful that David was able to help me out, especially keeping them together.”
Lynne is talking about Dave Sarver, the man who opened his home to Levi and Bella.
“I thought well, heck! I could do that, and I did!” Sarver said. “Ya know, at my age, I think it keeps me young!”
Lynne found Sarver through a website called Dogs on Deployment. Simply put, they find foster homes for dogs when their owners are called to duty.
“David was a lifesaver. Dogs on Deployment was great,” Lynne said.
The Army Staff Sergeant says servicemen and women often struggle with finding homes for their pets when they have to go overseas.
Sarver says he works with several area rescue groups and was just the guy for the job.
“It was a good service to our country,” Sarver said. “I helped Jason out and got him out of a bind and I enjoyed it.”
Now that Lynne is back, he says he's looking forward to some needed time off.
“The sooner you get back into a normal, stable environment, the better off you're going to be and especially with these guys, they make my home, home,” Lynne said.
Because of Sarver's generosity, Jason says he's thinking about becoming a foster parent for Dogs on Deployment.
Sarver isn't done either. He's talking to three other people about taking in their dogs while they go overseas.
Dogs on Deployment got its start two years ago. A couple in the military needed someone to watch their dog and that's when they realized this service was needed.
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