Find out more about Oklahoma’s first kennel in a domestic violence shelter here!
DVIS is building a new emergency shelter to house victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – but this shelter will be different than any other in the state because it will be able to house pets. Often an abusive partner will kill a pet left behind to get back at the victim for leaving. As nearly all clients entering the DVIS emergency shelter have very little or no income, boarding their pets is not usually an option.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71 percent of pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed, or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.
DVIS’s ReBuilding Lives capital campaign will build a new emergency shelter, new transitional living facility, and new counseling offices. The current 50-bed shelter is unable to house pets, and often victims will choose to stay with an abuser out of fear for their pets’ safety. This creates an unsafe and possibly deadly situation for the woman, her children, and her pets. Learn more about the campaign here.
How You Can Help
To donate directly to our kennel, click here and please choose “Kennel” under “Fund” or you may call 918.508.2709.
Starting in October, we will be requesting in-kind donations for the kennel. Stay tuned for the list!
In the meantime, we’d love your help if you have a local vet. We are seeking veterinarians to help pets who are staying at our shelter with free immunizations, donations, etc. Please find more information here and feel free to submit this to your vet. A vet can sign on by adding this information to their letterhead and mailing it to:
3124 East Apache St.
Tulsa, OK 74110