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Press Release – Pet Shelter

The Irresistible Need for Pet Refuge has seen the organization operate at full capacity for the past five months, with the charity now launching an urgent appeal for funds to ensure no pets are turned away. Pet Refuge, which celebrated its first anniversary…

The Irresistible Need for Pet Refuge has seen the organization operate at full capacity for the past five months, with the charity now launching an urgent appeal for funds to ensure no pets are turned away.

Pet Refuge, which celebrated its first anniversary last month, provides temporary shelter and care for pets affected by domestic violence, keeping them safe while their owners escape abuse.

The Refuge works very hard to never refuse a pet. To achieve this, the charity has partnered with a number of trusted catteries and kennels across New Zealand to house pets until space becomes available at the Pet Shelter. Refuge.

Seventeen pets are currently boarded at external partner facilities and five cats are even cared for at the home of Pet Refuge founder Julie Chapman.

“The need is so great that partnering with other reputable catteries and kennels allows us to continue saying yes. But it comes at a financial cost of $25 a day, which is why we are making an urgent appeal for support,” explains Julie, “In the medium to long term, we aim to build another shelter, but this does not meet our urgent and immediate needs, so we are calling on caring Kiwis to support us by donating $25 (or whatever what they can afford) so that we can continue to provide safe beds for pets affected by domestic violence.

A Women’s Refuge survey in 2018 clearly showed that animal abuse is a tool used by abusers to assert and maintain power over victims – since then the prevalence of this type of abuse has only increased. As the number of women seeking shelter for their pets has increased, Le Refuge has also received more urgent and alarming calls.

“Recently we had a woman who had gone to hospital and needed surgery after being abused. She was so worried about her pet that she didn’t want to have the surgery for so long. that we didn’t put it in a safe place,” says Julie.

“We have also received calls from several women who escaped to parks and were calling with nowhere to take their pets. Again, we went looking for them.

Since the Refuge opened, 175 pets and their families have been helped to escape abuse. Of these, 115 have been reunited with their owners or gone to forever loving homes, while it is not possible to return to their original homes. This is often because the pet’s family can’t find rental housing that allows pets.

Fear for their pet’s safety is a major factor that keeps people from leaving an abusive relationship. The Women’s Refuge survey of women whose partners had abused or threatened their pets also found that 53% delayed the onset of domestic violence out of fear for their pet’s safety. Since its opening, the Refuge has also received calls and helped a small handful of men who needed help with their pets to escape abuse.

Pet Refuge is today making an urgent appeal to raise $200,000 to continue its operations. The shelter relies on donations to continue to operate. The money helps pets offsite until they can come to the shelter, transport them from anywhere in the country, buy blankets, toys and exercise equipment, medicine, and pay for veterinarians, expert animal caretakers, social workers and support staff. Rehabilitation from abuse is sometimes necessary and enrichment and love are a given.

To donate, visit www.petrefuge.org.nz or call 09 975 0850 to give what you can afford or join our monthly giving scheme. $25 per month to provide a safe bed for a pet. Your monthly donation will cover accommodation expenses such as a safe place to sleep at night, warmth, bedding, enrichment and exercise, transportation, veterinary care, animal behavior therapy and caregivers and expert social workers who will be a vital part of the shelter. .

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