Did you know that 68% of battered women report violence toward their pets? Some studies show that close to 50% of abused women stayed in relationships because they could not take their pet with them to a shelter.
With these alarming statistics in mind, Shelter House is proud to announce the Purple Paws Kennel, an on-site pet kennel in our emergency shelter. Domestic violence victims in Okaloosa and Walton counties will no longer have to choose between their own safety and the safety of their pet. The Purple Paws Kennel will be the first of its kind in Northwest Florida.
Dogs, cats and other small animals, such as pocket pets and fish, will be accepted in the shelter. Shelter House has partnered with PAWS and Alaqua Animal Refuge to foster animals we cannot accommodate such as exotic animals and livestock. Opening our emergency shelter to animals includes the designation of a pet-friendly room, a dog kennel, dog run and cat room.
Funding for the initial build has been generously donated by the Dugas Family Foundation, but we need your help too. The Purple Paws Kennel will house, feed and provide veterinary services for the pets of the more than 250 women and children who stay at the shelter annually.
In addition to in-kind veterinary and grooming services, we are seeking the following items: pet food, food and water bowls, treats, food bins, kitty litter, litter boxes, litter scoops, leashes/ harnesses/leads, collars, ID tags, bedding, toys, cat climbers and scratch posts, pet medication and vitamins, flea and tick medication, shampoo, brushes and combs, nail clippers, washing machine, dryer, mini refrigerator for medication and a bench for the dog run.
Pets can be a tremendous source of comfort during stressful times. Please help us provide that comfort to the victims we serve by supporting the Purple Paws Kennel. You can spread the word by forwarding this email or telling your friends.
For more information or to arrange for a donation drop-off, please call 850-243-1201.