The Importance of Sheltering Survivors with their Pets
When a survivor of abuse has the courage to leave their partner they also have to face the dilemma of leaving their pets behind, or staying in the relationship to protect their pets. Approximately 52 percent of victims in shelters leave pets with their batterers, and up to 65 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.
Lorrie's House Shelters its First Dog; Pet Access is Added to House
Last October we graciously received a $6,000 grant from RedRover to build a dog run and add pet access to our shelter. A long winter pushed the project back, but we are thrilled to say we completed this project in June. It includes a fenced area with turf grass and dog doors with ramp access into the shelter.
We are also pleased to say that this month is the first month we have a dog staying with us!
We would also like to thank Leoco Fence CO for donating their time and supplies and the VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital for their collaboration in making this program a success.
DOVES Welcomes New Staff and Family Members
We’ve had a lot to celebrate here at DOVES! We’d like to start by congratulating our Latino Advocate, Laura Morales-Rojas, who recently gave birth to her new son Pablo. We are all very excited to have another member of our DOVES family. While Laura and Becca (our Transitional Advocate) have both been out on maternity leave, the rest of us here at DOVES Outreach have been working hard to make sure our clients still get the advocacy they need.