New S.A.F.E Project Helps Abused Animals & Families

The Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence and Humane Society of South Mississippi (H.S.S.M.) revealed a new collaborative effort called S.A.F.E – Saving Animals and Families Everyday. The S.A.F.E. project takes aim at helping two of the most vulnerable populations – families affected by domestic violence and homeless or abused animals.

Through S.A.F.E. people can drop off donations such as clothing, home goods, furniture, etc to the Humane Society’s thrift store and in exchange families staying in the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence’s emergency shelter will be issued vouchers to shop for clothing for themselves and their children. Often women and children entering the emergency shelter have little to no clothing; this project will allow them to obtain clothing for their family at no cost and gives them peace of mind to focus on their healing process. Proceeds from the thrift store sales benefit the 10,000+ animals the Humane Society serves each year.

“We’re honored to be collaborating with such a great organization as the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence,” said Tara High, H.S.S.M. Executive Director, “This program will benefit so many needy people and pets in a meaningful way—by raising funds for the homeless, neglected, and abused animals in our community and providing much-needed basic necessities for victims of domestic violence—both populations who have nowhere else to turn.”

Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence Resource Development Director Gina McKnight states, "The S.A.F.E. project is a progression of the already strong commitment the two agencies share to ending animal and family violence. In family relationships involving domestic violence, pets are often severely abused or even killed by the abuser as part of his intimidation tactics. Animal abuse sends a clear message to the family that, ‘If I can do that to the dog imagine what I can do to you.’"

Donations can be dropped off at the Humane Society of South Mississippi on Highway 49 in Gulfport. All donations are tax deductible. When dropping off donations please indicate that they are for S.A.F.E.; this is necessary for accounting purpose. Volunteers are welcome and needed to help sort items at the thrift store. If you are interested in volunteering please call the Humane Society of South Mississippi at 228-863-3354.

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