Bridging the Opportunity Divide

Families Who Lose Their Homes Often Lose Their Pets, Too. So This Wisconsin Woman Set Things Right

January 2, 2014
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Families Who Lose Their Homes Often Lose Their Pets, Too. So This Wisconsin Woman Set Things Right
Jennifer Lengel
The homeless no longer have to choose between shelters and their animal companions.

Jennifer Lengel runs a dog boarding and grooming business in La Crosse, Wis. But when she discovered recently that pet owners who lose their homes are often forced to choose between getting housing in shelters and keeping their beloved dogs, she decided to create a nonprofit to help out. Her group, Homeless Hounds, provides free care and shelter to dogs until their families are able to reclaim them. Dogs can stay as long as they need to, and owners can come in to visit their pets whenever they want. The nonprofit, which relies on donations from the community, launched this year and so far has helped care for 30 dogs. To date, 16 pets have been returned to their families.

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