Studies show that women suffering from domestic violence are 56% more likely to remain in the home if they have to leave their pets behind. The GTHS works with local partners to provide emergency boarding services during times of crisis, including housing transitions, medical emergencies and illness, reuniting people with their pets when they are able.
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute states that animals are universally embraced as an essential element to human wellness. Providing unconditional love and companionship, animals alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. The GTHS provides programming to over 2,000 youth to support emotional development and introduce skills including Vets of Tomorrow, Pet Sitters Course and other Youth Programs.
The GTHS helps keep pets and people together in times of crisis and challenge. With food insecurity affecting both pets and people, the GTHS distributed over 19,000 meals to pets last year for families facing emergency situations. The GTHS also subsidized over $700,000 in veterinary costs.
Pet ownership promotes active living, healthy aging, compassion, and overall well-being for people.