This summer, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program plans to add three dog kennels, three cat havens and an outdoor dog run to its Iowa City shelter. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the program began emergency pet kenneling for domestic abuse victims by sending pets to area veterinarians and animal shelters but now, survivors will be able to bring their pets to the shelter.
The kennels for the dogs and cat area will be completed in July. Statistics show that about 70% of survivors have pets and many have said they did not leave sooner because of worrying about the care and well-being of the pet. Domestic violence is family violence. Abusers may harm the pet in the house to threaten and intimidate the family.
To read more about the new kennels and cat area, check out the article here.