Pets are part of the family, but most domestic violence shelters cannot accommodate them. We realized it was vital that we help women and men who have experienced domestic violence keep as much of their family together as possible. So in 2015, in partnership with the Lost Our Home Pet Foundation and PetSmart (which helped fund the program in its startup phase), we opened the Sojourner Center Pet Companion Shelter, located on the same campus where we provide shelter and services to women and children. Now, we operate a shelter that provides care for the pets of women who seek shelter, as well as workforce readiness and pet therapy for the women and children residing in our shelter. Since its inception, the Sojourner Pet Companion Shelter has demonstrated that when we provide a safe place for vulnerable pets, we can make stronger and more successful interventions in the lives of women, children and men suffering abuse.
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