New Philadelphia, Ohio, November 16, 2016 - Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter, an OhioGuidestone Organization has been awarded the Safe Housing grant from Red Rover, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping animals in crisis. The $6,000 grant will be used to renovate a barn on the property to safely house the pets of shelter residents.
Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter serves victims throughout Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Victims with pets often delay leaving a dangerous environment for fear of their pet’s safety. The grant would allow victims to bring their pets with them.
Currently, a limited amount of pets are allowed in the house at the shelter. Some residents struggle with pets in the home due to allergies or possible fear of animals so a separate building is the ideal situation. The new grant will help pay for separate housing with heated stalls, canine sleeping areas, cat houses, and additional space to move about.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their batterer had injured, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control. As many as 65 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave.
Harbor House has future plans for pet doors and fenced in dog runs. Renovations at Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter are expected to be completed by May 2017.
About Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter
Located in New Philadelphia, the domestic violence shelter serves 75 people annually. The Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter is a division of Personal Family Counseling Services. Its mission is to provide pathways for growth, achievement and lifelong success. Harbor House is an OhioGuidestone, a nonprofit organization that has helped families and children in Ohio for over 150 years.