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Domestic Violence Shelter Housing Both Survivors and Their Pets

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Leaving an abusive partner or household must be one of the hardest things to do. There are so many emotions involved like fear, anxiety, loneliness. And grief when you have to leave behind you beloved dog or cat. But one shelter knows the mood lighting affect pets have on their owners. Cooper’s House in Iowa is a shelter for not only victims of abuse, but their pets as well.

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You don’t have to leave your heart behind.

Is this the best shelter in the world?

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Just last week, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program announced the addition of a boarding facility for dogs and cats on their property. While it doesn’t go into effect right away, construction is expected to be completed by July. The new pet facility will consist of thee indoor dog kennels, a fenced-in dog run, and an indoor cat haven.

No pet left behind

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Some women and men with big hearts refuse to leave their awful situations because of pets. In fact it’s 48%, according to Missie Forbes, the developmental director for DVIP told The Gazette. She said that abusers will use threats against their victims’ beloved pets in order to control them.