Purina and the nonprofit RedRover announce four new Purple Leash Project shelter grant recipients, deepening their commitment to providing resources for domestic abuse survivors and their pets. The latest round of grant recipients includes, Services to Abused Families in ; Domestic / Sexual Assault Outreach Center in ; NextStep Domestic Violence Project in , and Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program in . Funding will go toward pet-friendly renovations at the domestic violence shelters, including pet play yards and indoor room conversions, as well as kennels and veterinary care.
In , only 15% of domestic violence shelters are pet-friendly, often leaving victims with pets limited choices when trying to escape abuse. Almost half (48%) of domestic violence victims will remain in an abusive situation if they can't bring their pet with them to the shelter. Through the Purple Leash Project, Purina and RedRover help to fill the gaps in domestic violence survivor resources so that victims and pets can escape domestic violence and heal together in a safe and healthy environment.
"We know that pets have a big influence on a survivor's decision to leave abuse, because the human-pet bond is so strong," said , CEO and President of Purina. "Through the Purple Leash Project, we hope to provide even more options for survivors and their pets to safely escape abuse and start a new chapter together."
Since the Purple Leash Project was founded in 2019, 25 grants totaling more than have been awarded to domestic violence shelters across the US. To date, Purina has provided more than in funding to the Purple Leash Project and is working toward a goal of helping to ensure that at least 25% of domestic violence shelters are pet-friendly by 2025. Each domestic violence shelter will use the Purple Leash Project grants to fund projects and services based on their specific needs:
will receive to renovate the barn on the property to house dogs and cats and also create an outdoor pet play area.
· will receive to build on-site kennels, create an outdoor pet play yard, and cover vet care for pets.
· will receive to convert indoor rooms to become pet-friendly and create an outdoor pet play area.
· will receive to create an outdoor pet play yard, convert indoor rooms to be pet-friendly, and cover vet care for pets.
In addition to receiving the grants, is supporting the Purple Leash Project by providing to each organization to help them stock supplies for pet residents who enter the shelter. Having bedding, toys, food, treats and other comforts will help pets and survivors feel more at home.
"Thanks to the RedRover + Purina Purple Leash Project grant, Domestic / Sexual Assault Outreach Center is able to take one more barrier away by having a safe place for our clients' pets to also stay when they are trying to leave an abusive situation," said , Program Development Director, Domestic / Sexual Assault Outreach Center. "We are so grateful for this opportunity and to be able to serve many more survivors!"
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