Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 North Dakota Animal Welfare Conference! This year's conference, made possible with a sponsorship from the ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative, took place on September 22nd at Minot's Sleep Inn & Suites. To view the slides from the conference presentations, Click Here!
Multiple times a week, every week, SVAS Volunteers take shelter pets to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, or the YWCA Minot as part of our Pet Therapy program. Volunteers and pets visit with residents for about an hour each visit, brightening everybody’s day. Want to get involved? SVAS has many openings every month in the Pet Therapy schedule; email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what slots are available and for more information.
Every Tuesday from 6-7, the Souris Valley Animal Shelter offers children in grades K-6 a chance to read their homework or their favorite book to a pet who would love a chance to listen. No sign-up or payment necessary. Simply come and read to the pets in our care.
Did you know that domestic violence and animal welfare are often related?
52 percent of victims in shelters leave their pets with their batterers (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
Up to 48 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave (Ascione, F.R., 2007)
71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32 percent reported their children had hurt or killed animals (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, the Souris Valley Animal Shelter will house your pet while you find safety.
*SVAS By-Laws and Board Meeting Minutes are available upon request