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Finding Safety Together: A Community Model for Providing Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing for Victims and their Companion Animals

Award Information

Award #
15POVC-21-GG-01002-NONF
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2021
Total funding (to date)
$493,637

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $493,637)

<p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Background</span></u></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">CCN is a domestic violence center located in Pittsburgh, PA, that developed animal assisted therapy services in 2011 with the adoption and training of a shelter dog (Penny).&nbsp; In 2013, PAWS For Empowerment (PFE) grew, providing Allegheny County&rsquo;s first canine court accompaniment service.&nbsp; Eventually, two additional canines and a feline joined the team. Finally, the program expanded providing outreach and training to local veterinary clinics. CCN views emergency and transitional pet shelter and housing assistance for victims and their companions as a logical extension of its PFE services.</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Key project activities include:</span></u></b></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Securing emergency and transitional pet friendly housing for victims and their pets, and needed relocation funds </span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Securing boarding on farms for larger animals and providing transportation assistance</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Expanding existing training for veterinary clinics and other animal related organizations on the intersection of animal and human abuse to increase identification and victim referrals </span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Distributing stipends for pets requiring care</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Promoting community awareness of the project</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Adding necessary staff, MIS, administrative support infrastructure </span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Deliverables include:</span></u></b></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">6 MOUs with pet friendly hotels, providing 35 emergency shelter nights annually for victims and pets</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">6 emergency pet shelters (animal boarding) MOUs providing </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">150 shelter nights for pets annually</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">2 agreements with farms for emergency shelters for large companion animals.</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">A minimum of 2 pet friendly transitional housing units for victims and pets annually</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Annual support services (relocation, tangible assistance, transportation, and veterinary stipends)</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Completed data base of participating organizations/stakeholders</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">4 new training modules for veterinary clinics and newly identified stakeholders</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0in 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Train 120 stakeholders annually</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin-top:6.0pt; margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Service Area</span></u></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">The service area includes Allegheny County&rsquo;s 1.22 million residents, including the 256,000 living in 109 high poverty census tracts (referrals will be accepted from sister programs). Additional options are needed for domestic violence victims and their companion animals since there are currently just two shelters in the County having a capacity for boarding 12 pets at one time for a maximum of 30 days.</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Proposed Project Beneficiaries</span></u></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times Roman&quot;">Some 67% of all US households own pets and studies show that 71% to 88% of women entering shelters report pet abuse which perpetrators use to manipulate and control their victims. Other studies have found that 12% to 48% of victims remain with or return to abusers to protect the welfare of their companion animals.&nbsp; This project is designed to serve this large segment of victims who are reluctant to leave abusive situations for fear of endangering their pets.</span></span></span></span></p>

Date Created: September 28, 2021