I have recently written a few stories about the Souris Valley Animal Shelter in Minot. Of course, they were all fairly sad stories, about cruel pet abandonment (which happened TWICE, on camera, in front of the shelter). You can read those stories here, here, and here. Those stories were all heartbreaking, but today, I have a heartwarming story about the shelter.

According to KFYR-TV, the Souris Valley Animal Shelter in Minot "received a national grant for their work taking in pets of those fleeing domestic violence situations." The report says that the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Bayer Animal Health teamed up to award the animal shelter with $2,500. Of course, the money will be used for good cause.

KFYR-TV reports that the Souris Valley Animal Shelter will use the funds to help pets that are victims of substance abuse users and domestic violence. The money will also help neglected animals on the Minot Air Force Base and pets of Minot airmen who are deployed short-term. Read more about the grant for the animal shelter here.

It always hurts me inside to know that there are pets out there that don't have the loving homes they deserve. All these animals need and deserve is love. Unfortunately, pet abandonment/ cruelty/ neglect is very real, so shelters are necessary. Shelters don't always have all the funds to care for these animals, so I'm sure donations and awards offer great relief. Learn more about the Souris Valley Animal Shelter in Minot here.