Assault Alliance receives grant from Evergreen Foundation

Mar 26, 2014

The 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance has received a grant award from the Evergreen Foundation for $7,778 to begin Phase 2 of its Animal Assisted Therapy Project.

The long-term goals of this project include the establishment of a specialized kennel which will train therapy and service dogs for those in need using an animal assisted therapy model. In addition, it is the hope of the Alliance to participate in a program for veterans in need of dogs to assist with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This phase of the project will focus on marketing and fundraising, with the business plan completed through a prior grant from the Evergreen Foundation.

“While this is a massive undertaking to acquire land and to build facilities in this part of the state to accommodate the animal  training and  therapy facility, there are many out there who have a love of animals and children who will want to be a part of this,” said Sue Fowler, executive director of the Alliance. “In homes where domestic violence exists, threats by abusers to kill or harm the animals are present in 71 percent of the homes where there are pets. There is a need for a safe haven to protect the pets and to help heal the families as well.”

Contact the Alliance at 452-2122 or email for more information or to participate in this project.

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