The Paws for Peace Walk is a fun and leisurely stroll for families, friends and their pets. We walk to raise awareness about the impact of domestic abuse on pets and their owners. Survivors often won’t leave an abusive relationship because they don’t have a safe place to go where they can bring their pets. In Central Florida, survivors can bring their pets with them to Harbor House. 100% of the proceeds of the walk funds will service survivors and their pets staying at Harbor House.
Last year, Harbor House established a fund to posthumously honor our event co-chair, Marvin Diaz. Marvin was the beloved pet boxer of Orlando Sentinel Writer George Diaz and his wife Theresa. Marvin passed away unexpectedly in the fall of 2013, before getting to officially co-chair the event. But his legacy lived on with the fund, which helped pay for vet services and kennel operations. The Dawn Brancheau Foundation generously gave a $3000 donation to Harbor House which helped establish the fund and pay for those type of expenses.
About Harbor House and the Paws for Peace Kennel
Harbor House is Orange County’s only state-certified domestic abuse service provider and seeks to eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida. Harbor House has the only on-site kennel in Central Florida for the pets of domestic abuse survivors at its Emergency Campus.The Paws for Peace Kennel removes a key barrier to survivors seeking help and safety and ensures no family member is left behind in an abusive home. Since its opening in 2012, the kennel has been a safe, temporary home to 49 dogs, 15 cats, two fish, a bird, a turtle and one guinea pig!
Stay tuned for more information!