The nonprofit REACH of Haywood is among the most recent to receive a two-year $20,000 Safe Housing grant through RedRover, a national animal welfare nonprofit.

Through this grant, REACH can help more survivors and their pets to flee abuse within their homes. The funding will allow REACH to assist approximately 10-12 clients per year with costs associated with boarding, fostering, veterinary care, pet food and pet deposits for new housing. REACH will now be able to accommodate clients to escape domestic violence, sexual assault, or elder abuse with dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and/or hamsters.

“One of the major road-blocks for survivors being able to use our shelter is them not wanting to leave beloved pets behind in a violent home. The threat of hurting an animal is a common tactic of an abuser in order to keep the survivor from fleeing,” said REACH Executive Director Julia Boyd Freeman. “With the help of our RedRover Grant, REACH clients can now know their pets will be safe until the client can find a new home where all will be free of violence.”

REACH of Haywood County provides sanctuary to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. We empower individuals to live a life free of violence through advocacy, community outreach, and education. REACH is a member agency of the United Way of Haywood County. If you need help, call the REACH 24/7 helpline at 828-456-7898 or visit reachofhaywoood.org.

RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster-relief services, financial assistance, and education. To learn how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, visit redrover.org

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