Leave No Family Behind
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” That equates to more than 10 million women and men a year affected by domestic violence. While safe spaces for these victims exist, not many are pet-friendly.
In fact, less than 5% of domestic violence shelters accept pets and that is posing a real threat to those affected. Nearly half of all pet-owning victims of domestic violence delay leaving their abuser because they are afraid to leave their pets behind.
GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Rebuild program is working to lower these statistics and keeping people safe by renovating domestic violence shelters to be pet-friendly.
The Rescue Rebuild team traveled to Kansas in September to work on the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. During their time there, they built three resident rooms with pet enrichment spaces, upgraded the living room, added a pet washing/grooming area, built kennel room and play yard, and added perimeter fencing.
Staff at the shelter are excited about the new additions saying that this will open the doors for more people to come in.
“Their pets are their family, their pets are their support system. People will finally have that opportunity to leave and take their full family with them.”
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