“SPAN” program offers temporary shelter for pets

Circumstances could include domestic abuse, hospitalization or natural disaster

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Right now, only about 2% of U.S. shelters for domestic violence victims allow pets. In western Massachusetts, there’s a program that helps people going through a crisis that separates them from their beloved pets.

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society offers a temporary sheltering program called the Safety Plan for Animals or “SPAN“. Circumstances could include domestic abuse, hospitalization or natural disaster.

Lee Chambers from the Dakin Humane Society told 22News, “(We’ll) take care of this animal, make sure that it’s healthy and it’s eating and well cared for in your absence and get you back together. People should not have to lose their companion pets while they undergo a crisis of that type.

If you need to use this service, contact Dakin at 781-4000. It’s recommended that you provide your pets’ vaccination information, a photo of you and your pet, and any needed medication.

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