Breaking Ground November 2016
Rainbow House is delighted to announce our groundbreaking new initiative! In collaboration with our community partners, Menominee Animal Shelter and Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, we are adding the capacity to house survivor’s pets right at the Rainbow House! Menominee Animal Shelter is providing program collaboration, while Town and Country much needed veterinary services. For more information about our current programs to house pets, please see the following link:
The Rainbow House was recently awarded a RedRover® Relief Safe Housing grant, enabling our shelter to build on-site housing for pets of domestic violence victims.
RedRover, a national nonprofit organization based in Sacramento, California, provides grants for financial assistance and support for victims of domestic violence through its RedRover Relief program, enabling domestic violence victims to safely escape abusive situations with their pets.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their batterer had injured, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control. As many as 65 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave. According to Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T), a national initiative that guides family violence shelters on how to welcome families with pets, only a fraction of the 2,500 domestic violence shelters in the United States report having the ability to house animals onsite.
RedRover’s Safe Housing program provides essential funding to domestic violence shelters to enable them to fund the creation of on-site space to house pets. “Sadly, many domestic violence victims stay in abusive homes because they are afraid to leave their pets,” said Nicole Forsyth, RedRover President and CEO. “Their pets are often also victims of abuse, suffering from injuries and neglect. RedRover’s Safe Housing grants make it possible for victims to receive life-saving sheltering services, reassured that their pets are protected.”
In November, the Rainbow House was awarded a $6,000 grant from RedRover to construct an on-site housing center for pets of domestic violence victims. Rainbow House’s Executive Director, Courtney Olson said, “We believe that the Rainbow House must provide safety for pets – this is vitally important to victims’ recoveries. We also believe that pets deserve rescue from domestic abusers and need to accompany their fleeing family members.” Olson added, “On-site services will support the safety of families and their pets. We feel passionate about this project and wouldn’t be able to start it without funding from RedRover.”
The Rainbow House will be using the grant funding to build an on-site facility furnished with kitty hotels, kennel runs and dog crates. However, additional donations are needed to provide families arriving with their animals with essential pet care basics. The Rainbow House is seeking additional donations to purchase pet food, bowls, grooming products, cleaning supplies and other needs for pets staying at the shelter.
“No family should be turned away due to lack of resources,” said Olson. “With RedRover’s help, safely housing pets is one more service that we can offer to our community and so that we can help protect more families. We are proud to be partnering with Menominee Animal Shelter and Town and Country Veterinary clinic in coordinating this new program.”
Additional funding for this project was provided by the AKC Humane Fund in a grant for $1,000. The Green Bay Packers has contributed a combined $5,000 towards our building project, which will include the addition of a security fence and shelter garage to improve client safety and confidentiality. Other wonderful partners in this combined project include M&M Community Foundation. The foundation is poured, but there’s still help needed to get our kennel project completed!
Welcome To The Rainbow House
Prevention • Intervention • Advocacy • End Abuse
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We believe: No one deserves to be abused be it emotionally, physically, or sexually. Our prime service is the safety and empowerment of all victims and their children.
We Will: Provide prevention, education, and information to communities, families, and schools.
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