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The Team Went Down to Georgia

According to researchers, offenders of domestic violence often have a pattern of abuse involving all members of the household – including pets. When survivors of domestic violence seek to escape their abusive homes they’re not only faced with the challenge of finding shelter for themselves and their children, but also for their pets, which many shelters don’t allow.

Unfortunately, many shelters do not have the means to house companion animals and many survivors are left facing the difficult decision to either leave their pets behind or remain in the abusive environment. Sadly, many survivors stay in abusive homes for fear of subjecting their animals to continued abuse, if left behind. Equally disturbing, animals are often left with their abusers to face torture or even death.

Rescue Rebuild, together with Red Rover, is working on building safe spaces for survivors and their pets all across the country. Their most recent build was in Georgia.

When Rescue Rebuild first showed up on the job site, the garage was packed with overflow from the shelter’s thrift store and the roof was very unstable.

Cleaning out and organizing the garage took an entire day! But it was worth it when our plans to create three rooms within it came to fruition—half of the garage was kept as storage for the thrift store, and we transformed the other half into a kennel room and a pet-friendly living room. Since the shelter’s main area is not pet-friendly, it is crucial to provide a place for the dogs to live, and a place where the pet owners can spend time and cuddle with their pups.

The kennel room got a new tile floor and four indoor kennels that connect to four outdoor runs via a dog door. This allows the dogs to go outside whenever they please.

In addition to a comfortable couch, we added artwork to make the living room feel as cozy as possible.

In addition to this new pet-friendly “garage”, the shelter had an annex where two people could be houses with their pets. Each room was given cat perches, a dog bed, and a dog door that leads outside into its own private play yard.

Thank you to Northeast Georgia Council on Domestic Violence for trusting us and allowing us to come and incorporate this pet-friendly addition to your property!