ANIMAL CRUELTY UNIT STARTS FOSTERING PROGRAM FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
NPC Prosecutor's Press Release
Over the last several months, the Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office, YWCA, and Idaho Animal Rescue Network have been working jointly on a program to assist domestic violence victims who remain with their abuser out of concern for their pets. The confidential program allows for victims of domestic violence to leave their abusers and have a safe place for their animals to stay while they work with the YWCA on housing.
When a victim leaves their abuser their pet can stay with a confidential temporary foster care for up to 30 days at no charge to the victim. The individual’s providing this service are fully vetted to ensure pet safety and security. “We want to give someone in a bad position every possible resource needed to make it better. If their biggest obstacle is the ability to continue to care for their pets, we now have a solution”, said Prosecutor Justin Coleman.
Anyone wanting more information on the program or needs help to leave a domestic violence relationship is encouraged to call the YWCA at 208-743-1535. Thank you to the YWCA, Idaho Animal Rescue Network, and Deputy Prosecutor Joey Parker for providing this critical service to our community!