Women’s Resource Center welcomes pets with new kennel

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Women’s Resource Center now offers clients a pet kennel.

In many cases of domestic violence, an abusive partner might threaten the safety or life of a beloved pet if the victim decides to leave. Thanks to a fundraiser by Operation Underdog, the resource center has a specially-made kennel for clients’ pets.

“They can be outside and they can just touch the door and it will open and let them into the inside to get out of the weather,” said executive director Patricia Bailey. “They’ve got an indoor run, outdoor run, there’s room for storage and then there’s the cat loft.”

Bailey says she’s excited to offer clients a safe place for their pets to stay, and hopes other shelters will eventually be able to offer the same.

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