When the Purple Paw Project began earlier this year, we were predominantly serving northern Utah, but we quickly started taking calls from around the state once shelters were aware of the service. In October, we received our first call from the southeastern US asking for help. Leaving at night, the family was coming to Utah with very littleinformation, just in a hurry to be out of their current danger. Not only were we able to assist with takingthe pet to safety, we had information on several shelters for the family, as well.
Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. Our clients come from all walks-of-life, their pets both dogs and cats, large and small, young and old. We know the important role pets play in our lives and the families we meet do, too. They tell us, “ The project is awesome!; I’m so relieved to know my pet is safe now.; and It makes me happy to see how happy my pet is staying with you! “ We try to maintain as much normalcy as we can for everyone during the average 30 - 60 day stay. Visitation is allowed, and updates via phone calls are given.
Many of these pets have never been vaccinated or seen a veterinarian recently for wellness checks. The Purple Paw Project fund pays for all their medical needs, both routine and serious. Past pets have been spayed and neutered, received care for pneumonia, and ulcerative eye disease, all free to the family, to name but a few of the treatments.
The Purple Paw Project NEVER turns a family in crisis away. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to shelters and families. We serve the voiceless victims because it’s never too early to speak up and reach out.
Executive Director, Friends of Animals Utah
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