‘A heroic Great Dane named Hank put himself on the line to save his guardian from domestic violence. The story inspired the Rose Brooks Center, the shelter that took Hank and his guardian in, to open Paws Place Pet Shelter, a shelter for animal victims of domestic violence. Paws Place will be the second one of its kind in the country. It’s great to see people recognize the healing ability animals posses, and the comfort they are able to provide in many situations. ‘
In my experience victims of domestic violence frequently refuse to leave their abusive situation fearful for the safety of their pets. Because most women’s shelters can not accommodate dogs and cats, the pet becomes in a sense the hostage of the abuser. This shelter is an idea that’s well overdue.