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Domestic Violence safehouse to get pet shelter

SEBRING - A $1,500 grant has been received to build a pet shelter at the Safehouse women and children's shelter. "We're just waiting for the check," said Jeff Roth, director of the Champion for Children Advocacy Center. "We've got a group primed and read to build it. There will be two sections, one in the yard, covered for the dogs, and feline cages on the porch areas. Enough for three or four cats." Two dog cages will have a concrete slab and a pavilion roof, Roth said. Chain link barriers will separate each animal. "There's been a need over time. We're just addressing it. They've been keeping dogs on the porches and in their rooms. If you're a pet owner, you understand. They don't want to leave their pet behind," Roth said. The abuser may take his anger out on the family pet.
Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Florida, a home school organization, contacted Roth in the fall to find a meaningful project for the children. "They sang for us in April at the child abuse prevention event on courthouse steps."