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Pets are part of the family, right?
The team at SHINE, a national domestic abuse charity, have seen women refuse to leave dangerous situations because they don’t want to leave their dogs behind. So SHINE reached out for help to build a safe space for dogs at one of their emergency shelters for women escaping domestic violence.
Enter, Mitre 10 Helping Hands and our trusty building consultant Stan Scott, who jumped at the chance to help convert a run-down old shed into a warm, comfortable space for our four-legged friends. With only one other refuge in New Zealand accepting animals, there was a huge need to make it easier for those fleeing unsafe homes to bring their loved family pets too.
“Our clients say that their pets are an important part of the family, as well as their emotional support and many will stay in an unsafe situation because they cannot leave their pets behind. This project means that now they don’t have to,” said SHINE’s Acting General Manager Sally Ward.
The job turned out to be bigger than first expected – as is so often the case with renovations – but Stan made a plan, rolled up his sleeves and got the job done right. Check out the video for the story.
“It was a privilege for Mitre 10 Helping Hands to be trusted with this project,” says Jules Lloyd-Jones, Mitre 10’s Chief of Customer Marketing & Inspiration.
“SHINE provides a safe place and support for those most vulnerable in our communities. Hopefully our contribution to the emergency shelter means it will make it easier for women to seek help and find safety.”