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Wisconsin woman offers shelter to homeless hounds

By: Sarah Moon, AP Email
By: Sarah Moon, AP Email

The program is free, but Lengel requires owners to update her weekly on their search for a new home. She says most pets stay about a month.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A person who ends up homeless might be forced to give up their dog, but one woman is hoping to help change that.

Jennifer Lengel runs puppy palace in La Crosse, a dog daycare and boarding center that also offers grooming services.

About six months ago she started Homeless Hounds when someone from the Salvation Army shelter called asking her to take in a dog belonging to someone staying at the shelter.

Lengels said she’s sheltered twenty-seven dogs since homeless hounds started.

Dog owners aren’t required to pay, but they have to keep in touch with Lengel at least once a week about their situation.

“I know not everybody would understand what it’s like to have such a connection with a dog, but there’s people I’ve seen in here that that they would just waste away without their companion,” said Lengel.

Homeless hounds also serves dog owners who have to temporarily stay at the Veterans hospital, nursing homes or New Horizons Shelter, which serves those impacted by domestic violence

Lengel said all dogs in Homeless Hounds are screened before they’re taken in.

The dogs in Homeless Hounds aren’t up for adoption.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) --People who are homeless in western Wisconsin are getting help from a woman who will take in their pets while they search for a new place to live.

Jennifer Lengel has sheltered 27 dogs in the six months since she started the Homeless Hounds program at her La Crosse dog daycare and boarding center.

Lengel reportedly said that she was motivated by a Salvation Army volunteer who asked to her to temporarily house one family's dog. She says she learned the problem was not uncommon and she doesn't want families who've lost their homes to lose their pets too.


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