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Domestic violence shelter expands section for pets

Posted at 8:16 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 20:16:46-05

It’s the smallest wing of the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center's (SPARRC) domestic abuse shelter, but the pet wing plays a big part in the recovery process.

"A lot of our survivors will not leave a relationship if they can not bring their pet with them, this is their family,” shelter lead Drew Grissel said.

Organizers believe about half of the people they help have a pet that needs to be cared for.

"We are seeking to remove barriers for people to leave so they can bring their dog or cat or bunny,” said SPARCC President Jessica Hays.

The pet wing is connected to the shelter, so residents are able to visit their pets throughout the day.

“They can come out here as often as they want they can come out and spend the entire day here with them,” said Grissel.

Click here for more information about SPARCC.