Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Women's Shelter Moving to Take Pets of Those Fleeing Domestic Abuse

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Women's Shelter Moving to Take Pets of Those Fleeing Domestic Abuse

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Ottawa women's shelter moving to take pets

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OTTAWA - An Ottawa women's shelter says it will be opening doors to pets in an effort to keep families together.

Interval House of Ottawa, the city's oldest shelter for women and children, says it is creating an onsite animal housing area for pets of those fleeing domestic violence.

The Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group says 75 per cent of families with children have at least one pet, and consider it part of the family.

It says having a pet can reduce the effects of PTSD, leading to reduced stress and isolation, while increasing a person's ability to handle trauma.

Interval House executive director Kia Rainbow says abusers use the killing, torturing and beating of pets -- or the threat of such actions -- as a weapon to ensure submission and silence from their victims. …

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