Frank Cable Sailors Help Out Four Legged Friends
By MC1 Eric S. Dehm
USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Public Affairs
Release Date: 11/7/2009
YIGO, Guam – On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Guam, there are plenty of ways to spend your time. Many people head to the beach, cook out at home or spend the day fishing. However on this particular Saturday, Sailors and family members from USS Frank Cable (AS 40) volunteered their time to help out some of Guam’s most needy residents.
Sixteen volunteers arrived at Guam Animals In Need (GAIN), the government of Guam’s non-profit animal shelter, ready to spend their day painting, cleaning and fixing the kennels that housed over 5,000 cats and dogs in 2008.
“We only have two full time employees,” says GAIN Shelter Manager Winnie Escobar, who has been working at GAIN for three years. “So the extra hands definitely help us a lot.”
Since June, GAIN has been receiving help a few times a week from Veterinary Technician Cheryl Deshotel. Mrs. Deshotel also happens to be the wife of Commander Bruce Deshotel, Executive Officer of Frank Cable. So when GAIN told her they could use more volunteers, she knew where to look.
“The military is a large entity here on Guam,” says Mrs. Deshotel shortly after she sprayed down many of the kennel floors. “We want to make this island our home, to leave our mark. I can’t think of a better way than helping out these loving animals as they wait for new homes. The work we are doing here is making their temporary homes more sanitary and really is adding to their lives.”
When Frank Cable Sailors volunteered to help GAIN, Cdr. Deshotel knew that the animals were in good hands.
“As Executive Officer I get to watch the crew perform daily,” says Cdr. Deshotel as he sits atop the riding lawnmower he has been using most of the morning. “I thought I couldn’t be prouder of our Frank Cable Sailors until I saw them out here on their own time helping out these animals. It breaks my heart to see animals starved sick and injured, but I don’t have the words for how good it feels to see Frank Cable Sailors helping these animals out.”
According to Escobar, military families on Guam are a big source of help for GAIN, with some coming once a week or more. She says that even with the help they receive, the large number of animals sheltered means the GAIN staff can use all the help they can get.
“Whether people want to come and help clean like today or even give the animals some extra attention, we will welcome them with open arms,” says Escobar. “Of course if people want to adopt an animal we hope they find their way to us as well. Only about 20% of the animals we shelter get adopted each year. That’s sad to me because all of these dogs and cats are deserving of a good home, love and attention.”
Those interested in volunteering at or adopting from GAIN can reach the shelter at 653-4246.
As Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet's only operational submarine tender, Frank Cable readily deploys to ports throughout the Western Pacific to provide services to both submarines and surface ships in the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility. For more information on Frank Cable, visit the ship's website at www.cable.navy.mil.