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Lakeland domestic violence shelter fundraising for furry guests

A domestic violence shelter in the Lakeland is fundraising to help four-legged guests. The Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre is currently in the middle of a donation drive to help build a pet housing unit onto their current location.

In the past, the centre has teamed up with local kennels to help board family pets while the shelter is used. Resource Development Coordinator Cindy Yang says the hope going forward is to make the shelter a one-stop for guests that need help.

“We want to make sure that when women and their children are coming to seek shelter that they can bring all members of their family, including their pets.”

The plan is for a facility on-site that can handle dogs and cats among other animals. Financial donations are currently being accepted through the organization. Yang says her group is also open to working with local business to see the idea become a reality.

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“If there are businesses that think that they might be able to donate construction materials or toys and bedding and all of that stuff; We’ll certainly welcome that as well.”

Yang is hopeful work can begin later this year barring the weather getting in the way. More information on the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre is at their official website.

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