PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Kennel – Beth and Jackson’s Story

Recently, we welcomed *Beth and her four-legged friend, *Jackson, to our shelter. Both were victims of domestic violence. Jackson arrived with debilitating injuries from the abuse, making walking extremely difficult.

Thanks to the support from our Marvin’s Fund – a budget for preventive and restorative veterinary care, we were able to provide Jackson with the necessary assistance to alleviate his pain and begin his path to recovery.

We were able to provide Jackson with a pet stroller, allowing Beth and him the freedom to be mobile together. This simple but significant gesture not only improved Jackson’s quality of life but also strengthened the bond between him and Beth, offering them comfort and companionship during a challenging time.

At Harbor House, we understand the importance of keeping pets and people together. That’s why we’re one of the few Florida state-certified domestic violence programs with an on-site kennel. We recognize that pets are more than just animals – they’re emotional support, best friends, and family. By offering a safe haven for both survivors and their pets, we’re breaking barriers and ensuring that no one has to choose between their safety and the well-being of their pets.

April marks Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Research shows that animals reside in as many as 80% of homes affected by domestic violence, often becoming the first victims of abuse. Your support allows us to continue providing essential services through our Paws for Peace Kennel, ensuring that survivors and their pets can find safety and support together.

Your generosity is changing lives and making a difference in our community. With your continued support, we can ensure that no family member gets left behind. Together, we’re breaking the cycle of abuse and creating a safer future for all.

*Name changed to protect identity.