Pause for a cause

Lt. Joseph Prado, 8th Coast Guard District, holds a dog at the Louisiana SPCA, May 23, 2014.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

Lt. Joseph Prado, 8th Coast Guard District, holds a dog at the Louisiana SPCA, May 23, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

 

Coast Guardsmen are a contractually nomadic tribe, traveling from coast to coast and then some carrying out the King’s business.

 

As perpetual transplants, they don’t just live where they work. They put down roots and help their new communities grow.

 

The Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, when most people were getting off early to beat the holiday traffic, a handful of members from the 8th Coast Guard District staff spent a hot, dirty afternoon volunteering at the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New Orleans.

 

Common misconceptions being what they are, it wasn’t playing fetch and walking dogs.

 

The members loaded and transported supplies and also organized and sorted equipment and reusable items at the SPCA’s loading dock.

 

As a branch of the military with a bedrock of volunteers, service comes as second nature.

Lt. Cmdr. James Cabase (left) and Chief Petty Officer Robert Nash unload supplies for the Louisiana SPCA, May 23, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

Lt. Cmdr. James Cabase (left) and Chief Petty Officer Robert Nash unload supplies for the Louisiana SPCA, May 23, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

 

 

“Volunteering in the community is a must for anyone or any organization with a selfless attitude,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Cabase, 8th Coast Guard District. “It is also a segue to the Coast Guard’s core value of ‘devotion to duty’, which is also defined as ‘exist to serve’. Therefore, the Coast Guard has an inherent role to serve the community and its country.”

 

The Louisiana SPCA helps more than 20,000 animals annually, which means they need any help they can get from the surrounding community.

 

“The workers at the SPCA were overjoyed by the Coast Guard’s large turnout,” said Cabase. “At moments, they seemed overwhelmed with keeping us busy because we were diligent and efficient with each task.”

 

The 8th District has a new initiative that completes a service project in the community each month. It lets the public know the Coast Guard has a vested interest in their surroundings and provides a means for service members to form connections in their home.

 

“At the end of the day, they offered interaction time and public relation photos with the facility’s dogs and cats. [ It was] priceless and [I’d be] more than willing to do it again,” said Cabase.

 

 

 

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