Dunn County Humane Society and the Bridge to Hope are now working together to provide assistance to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and human trafficking where pets are also involved.

“Safe Harbor for At-Risk Pets” has been established to provide resources for victims through a “Safe Harbor Fund” that will be used solely to help families in troubling situations.

The program will help to provide temporary housing for the animals at the shelter or in foster homes, food and veterinary care — even finding permanent placement for the pet(s) if needed.

Located in Dunn County, The Bridge to Hope is dedicated to providing advocacy services for abuse victims and survivors that often includes providing shelter for individuals and families. When pets are involved, a unique set of challenges are presented because the pet(s) often have nowhere to go.

Studies have shown that up to 48 percent of victims will delay leaving an abusive situation out of fear for a pet’s safety. Knowing that there is help for the family pets will often help them make the decision to leave sooner than they may otherwise have.

To donate to the Safe Harbor Fund or offer a foster home for animals, call DCHS Executive Director Josh Dalton at 715-232-9790. Donations of any amount will help.


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