Noah's Animal House is a full-service pet boarding facility and has been in operation for the past 12 years in partnership with domestic violence shelters.
With the goal of keeping the entire family, including beloved pets, united as they transition from an abusive situation.
The organization has helped more than 1,600 pets with over 100,000 boarding nights to stay with their families.
The goal was to eliminate one of the major barriers in helping people leave an abusive relationship: pets.
At first, NAH aimed to help victims by ensuring that the pet can remain with the family, but then the healing power of the pets during their time at the shelter was strong and the organization says it has proven to break the cycle of abuse.
Now, the shelter has been named among CNN's Top 10 Heroes of the Year.
“Less than 10% of domestic violence shelters in the U.S. offer pet services,” said CNN Hero and NAH founder, Staci Alonso. “More than anything else, I hope this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity being featured on CNN Heroes encourages more women’s shelters to add pet services. No woman should feel stuck in an abusive relationship because she can’t imagine leaving her pet behind to be tortured or killed.”
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