Harbor House works to keep everyone safe from domestic abuse – even pets!
Why a Paws Kennel?
- 97% of Americans who have pets consider them to be members of the family.
- 48% of domestic violence survivors delay leaving an abusive home because they don’t have a safe place for their pets.
- Pet abuse is often a retaliatory action of abusers. Animals are used as leverage by the batterer as a means to control their victims or as part of a pre-emptive strike to gain or maintain control.
- According to the American Animal Hospital Association, an estimated 88% of pets living in households with domestic violence are either abused or killed.
- Of all survivors who enter shelters to escape violence, 57% have had a pet killed by their abuser.
- Harbor House will be the only shelter in Central Florida with a kennel for pets of domestic violence survivors.
- Pets are not Pawns!
About the Paws for Peace Kennel:
- The 1,500 square foot Kennel is located onsite at Harbor House’s confidential Emergency Shelter. It is housed in the same facility as the In-Kind Donation Center.
- The Paws for Peace Kennel opened in December 2012.
- Pets are cared for by their owners: survivors of domestic abuse and residents of Harbor House’s Emergency Shelter.
- A visiting veterinarian from Orange County Animal Services tends to pets’ health needs. Volunteers assist with Kennel maintenance.
- Operations of the Paws Kennel is supported by the Paws for Peace Walk and donor contributions.
- The Kennel features a vet clinic, wash and dry area, 10 kennels for dogs and 10 for cats, as well as spaces for other pets, such as ferrets, birds, hamsters and small game animals. For larger game animals, Harbor House offers foster programs with local farms.
- There is a cat porch, complete with kitty condos and toys, three separate dog runs, as well as shared open space.
- The Paws Kennel was built to the highest standards of pet care, including individual ventilation systems for each pet unit, stainless steel kennels, and an elaborate HVAC and backup system.
- Survivors who keep their pets at the Paws Kennel have special access to the facility so they can enjoy their pet’s company any time of day.
- Pets of domestic abuse survivors are brought to Harbor House by Orange County Animals services, where they will receive necessary vaccinations.
How You Can Help:
Leave Your Mark and Create a Tile:
You can honor your pet by creating a ceramic tile for the main entrance of Paws for Peace Kennel. For a donation of $100, you can design your own tile with a picture of your pet and a personalized message.
- On the donation page, select the Paws Kennel campaign from the dropdown.
- In the “Leave Your Mark” section, select the option and donation level of your choice.
- Upload your favorite picture of your pet.
- Write a 25 character personalized message.
- Submit your order and the 6X6 ceramic tile will be mounted in the main entrance of the Kennel.
- You can even order a duplicate tile or keepsake box for yourself!
Your tile will adorned the entry of the kennel so that all who benefit from its services will share in the support provided by you and your pet.
Join the Paws Club:
Any donation over $10.00 qualifies you as a member of the Paws Club. On the donation page, we encourage you to join the Paws Club by selecting the membership option. Paws Club members receive the Paws for Peace Newsletter, a free Paws dog tag, and special offers from our sponsors!
Thank you to our generous partners:
- Orange County Animal Services
- Shampooch! (Lambs Eat Ivy Salon)
- Florida Department of Children and Families