April 6th, 2022
By Katie Campbell, Director of Collaboration and Outreach
And just like that, another domestic violence (DV) shelter in Georgia has become pet-friendly! Last month, a team of our RedRover Responders volunteers joined the Greater Good Charities’ Rescue Rebuild team to help make Glynn Community Crisis Center’s (GCCC) emergency shelter pet-friendly.
While all of these projects are special to us, this was one a little extra special. In mid-2021, while leading a Don’t Forget the Pets (DFTP) training workshop with Rescue Rebuild’s Founder and VP of Pet Programs, Bryn Donnelly, we met GCCC’s Executive Director, Dottie Bromley. During the workshop, Dottie shared her dream with us of GCCC becoming pet-friendly before her next birthday. We had about a year to go…and so a plan was hatched!
Dottie and her team got to work building their collaborative partnerships with local animal organizations, a local veterinarian, and Ahimsa House, and we began developing a design. With about four months to spare before the birthday deadline, Amity House officially became pet-friendly!
Of course, Bryn and I weren’t alone in making this BIG project happen. In addition to the Rescue Rebuild crew, we had a team of five RedRover Responders volunteers, plus volunteers from Delaware Valley University’s Animal Lifeline Club. The project consisted of making two of GCCC’s units pet-friendly and converting two sheds into “pet retreat rooms,” complete with secure potty areas, cat enrichment, comfy couch, and a TV to encourage some relaxation time for survivors with their pets.
After our RedRover folks left Georgia, the Rescue Rebuild team stayed a few extra days to wrap things up, so we’re all patiently awaiting the final reveal on their Facebook page. Keep an eye out, as you won’t want to miss this one…(Spoiler alert: the four seasons made an appearance in this build!)