EATON — YWCA Dayton’s Preble County Office, will be hosting its fourth annual Purple Paws: Preble Pets Against Domestic Violence fundraising event on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at City of Eaton Dog Park.
The fundraiser also celebrates the 15th anniversary of the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter in Preble County.
According to organizers, the pet-friendly event was planned, because abuse affects the whole family. More than half of domestic violence victims are reluctant to leave their abusers because they’d also be abandoning their pets. Thanks to community partnerships, YWCA Dayton connects women entering their domestic violence shelters with concurrent animals shelters so the whole family can heal.
The community is invited to join YWCA Dayton as the organization raises funds for, and awareness of, critical domestic violence services.
“YWCA Dayton’s Preble County domestic violence shelter and crisis hotline serves more than 200 women and children annually. We understand the correlation between human abuse and animal abuse. Abusers use threats and violence toward the pet to manipulate the victim,” Courtney Griffith, Preble County Manager, said.
“Our agency works with local shelters and veterinarians to provide shelter and medical support for our client’s pets while they are in our shelter so they don’t have to worry about leaving them behind. Purple Paws: Preble Pets Against Domestic Violence raises awareness for all lives affected by domestic violence.”
Purple Paws: Preble Pets Against Domestic Violence is $10 per person, and includes an event t-shirt. Children 17 and under are free.
There will be a pet showcase for $5 per pet, including a bandana, where families can show off their furry friends’ talents. In addition to the pet showcase, there will be vendors, food, and activities.
Learn more about the event and register at www.ywcadayton.org/purplepaws.
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