Haven Expands Safety Net To Include Family Pet

PONTIAC (WWJ) – Animals are just as vulnerable to abuse as their humans, so now they have a safe space, too.

A shelter for pets, the Farber Family Pet Center, is opening at Haven in Pontiac adjacent to the shelter for woman and their children who are victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

The 930 square foot facility is designed to house dogs and cats in a safe environment while their owners find their own footing at Haven.

The animal shelter was born from the knowlegdge that 70 percent of pet owners entering a domestic violence shelter report that their abuser has threatened, injured or killed a family pet. Many stay in the abusive situation in order to protect the animal. It’s a dynamic that Haven looks to erase.

Haven held the opening Tuesday — it will allow residents to spend time playing with and caring for their pets, further aiding in their healing journey says Haven.

Find out how you can sponsor a Dog Dig or a Cat Cave — or purchase a Paw Tile — HERE.

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