Alice and Robert Estrich Fund

Capital Area Humane Society

Capital Area Humane Society
Pictured: (l-r) Denise "Dinky" Youngsteadt Parrish, program director; Skye, former Capital Area Humane Society cruelty case; Jodi Buckman, executive director / Photo by George Anderson
"At the Humane Society we save lives every day—the four-legged kind," said Jodi Lytle-Buckman, executive director. "With the Safe Haven for Pets program, we're helping to save the lives of people and their pets."

In 2008, a $25,000 grant from Alice and Robert Estrich Fund supported Safe Haven for Pets, a program that provides emergency, temporary shelter for the pets of victims of family violence.

Staffers at the Capital Area Humane Society are all too familiar with the stories. Domestic abuse victims are trying to protect not only themselves, but the animals they love. Victims are unwilling to leave an abusive situation for fear of retaliation on the dogs, cats, even turtles that are members of the family.

Working in collaboration with the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence and the City of Columbus, the Capital Area Humane Society founded Safe Haven for Pets in 2006. The free program provides a safe environment for pets while individuals or families seek help. In 2008, nearly 100 animals benefited from the program, from dogs and cats to birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and turtles.

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