MADISON (WKOW) -- A western Wisconsin woman is trying to ease the worries of the homeless by taking in their pets while they search for a new place to live.
Jennifer Lengel says she has sheltered 27 dogs in the six months since she started the Homeless Hounds program at Puppy Palace, her La Crosse dog daycare and boarding center.
Lengel started the program after a Salvation Army volunteer asked her to temporarily house one family's dog.
"I found out this situation happens a lot, more often than we think," Lengel told La Crosse Tribune.
Lengel offers the service for free, but requires the pet owners to update her weekly on their search for a new home.
She says most pets stay about a month and, so far, 16 Homeless Hounds have been returned to their families. Two were given up for adoption, and the remainder are still waiting to go back to their owners.
Puppy Palace client Heidi Eglash recently nominated the Homeless Hounds program for a grant from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Right now, the program relies on donations to cover the costs of pet food and veterinary care, including spaying and neutering.
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