Del Norte’s domestic violence shelter received two grants, one that will allow it to continue to offer housing for pets of those who seeking to escape their abusers.

The other, a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation, will pay for services to the Harrington House’s clients, according to a press release from the foundation. The Harrington House is one of 150 domestic violence shelters across the U.S. to receive this grant.

The Mary Kay Foundation received grant applications from 700 domestic violence shelters nationwide, according to the foundation’s press release.

The Harrington House also received a $3,000 grant from the American Kennel Club. The shelter will receive $1,000 in AKC grant funds a year for three years, said Harrington House program director, Jolanda Ingram-Obie.

The Harrington House was also featured in an article on the AKC’s website. This is the second time the AKC awarded a grant to the Harrington House, according to the organization. The first grant, awarded in 2010, paid for the construction of two outdoor kennels and vet visits for animals needing medical attention.

“We’re just really grateful to have it for the people who want to escape abusers who have dogs or cats or birds,” Ingram-Obie said.

According to Pearl Vail, the Harrington House’s legal advocate, the shelter has housed all three. In addition to the outdoor kennels, the Harrington House provides crates, enabling clients to keep their pet in their room, Vail said.

“There are not very many shelters that take animals,” she said, noting that in some cases a victim of domestic violence won’t leave their abuser because of their pets.

Part of Rural Human Services, the Harrington House is a 21-day emergency shelter that offers services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and human trafficking. The shelter also offers traditional housing space for one to two clients, according to Ingram-Obie. To qualify for transitional housing beds, clients must be working to meet their goals, she said.

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