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FIRST STEP-WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY PROJECT ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT's Fundraiser:

ARK - Animal Receiving Kindness, A Safe Haven for Pets

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FIRST STEP-WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY PROJECT ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT's Photo
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THE STORY:

Since 1978, First Step has been working for peaceful families and safe communities in Wayne County, Michigan. First Step is the only non-profit agency in outer Wayne County providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. 

We need friends like you to help us remove the barrier that keeps survivors in domestic violence situations! Many survivors remain in violent homes because they fear their pet will be harmed or killed as a result of power and control that occurs in domestic violence situations. Your support, no matter how big or small, will provide safety for animals when victims leave home, as well as strong source emotional support that pet relationships bring to survivors and their children. 

  • The ARK will be an onsite pet sanctuary available to the residents and families of First Step. The ARK will bring comfort and support to survivors staying with us by providing a safe haven for their beloved pets on the property of our domestic violence shelter. 
  • The ARK will be a spacious, heated building adjacent to our housing facilities.
  • There will be an indoor and outdoor play area which will allow families to spend quality time their pets during the healing process.

Quotes from the domestic violence help line:  

  • “{Caller said} after he abused her, he grabbed her cat by the throat threatening to throw them out the window because he knows she loves her cat”
  • “Yes, he kicked and choked the dog. He also threatened to kill the dog.”
  • “Caller stated he would hit her in the head when she tried to protect her pet.” 

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