Every 15 seconds in America, a woman is battered by her partner. Thankfully there’s refuge for women, children and their pets to flee to safety at The Shade Tree shelter and Noah’s Animal House (NAH) in Southern Nevada.
To ensure that family pets can remain with the families who have fled from a domestic violence situation, fourteen area businesses will raise funds Oct. 1-14 by inviting customers to “bark up” or donate money on their bill at time of checkout or donate by purchasing a NAH signature plush dog for $20. All proceeds will benefit the operating expenses at Noahs Animal House, an animal shelter located next door to The Shade Tree shelter that provides safety, shelter and support for the pets of women and children of domestic violence situations.
As is often the case, many women will not leave an abuser because they threaten to harm or kill the family pet when the victim attempted to flee. Noahs Animal House was the first stand-alone shelter in the country dedicated to keeping the entire family united as they transition out of an abusive situation and reside at The Shade Tree Shelter. Since opening its doors in October 2007 on the campus of The Shade Tree Shelter, Noahs Animal House has provided shelter for more than 800 pets equating to 65,000 boarding nights.
“When we built Noah’s, our priority was to eliminate one barrier of leaving an abusive relationship,” said founder Staci Alonso. “A lot of women don’t want to leave their pets for fear that their pets might be abused or even killed. Part of the healing component for these women is being able to have their best friend with them.”
Participating companies in Noahs Animal House “Bark it Up” include:
Seven locations including:
- 6330 E. Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89156
- 9180 W. Cheyenne, Las Vegas, NV 89129
- 1450 W. Horizon Ridge, Henderson, NV 89012
- 3370 Novat Street, Las Vegas, NV 89129
- 7045 N. Durango, Las Vegas, NV 89149
- 7240 W. Azure, Las Vegas, NV 89130
- 193 N. Gibson, Henderson, NV 89014
Aveda Experience Center at Town Square – 6639 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas 89119 www.aveda.com. Customers may additionally receive a $30 skin care and makeover at Aveda with 100% donated to NAH.
Pizza Rock – 201 N. Third Street at Ogden, Las Vegas, NV, 89101 www.pizzarocklasvegas.com
Salon Fontana – 2610 Horizon Ridge Pkwy. #100, Henderson, NV 89052 www.salonfontanalasvegas.com
The Hydrant Club – 9th & Fremont streets, Las Vegas, NV 89101 www.hydrantclub.com
Tropicana Animal Hospital – 2385 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89119 www.tropicanavet.com
Brando’s Sports Bar – 3725 Blue Diamond Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89139 www.brandoslasvegas.com
NOAHS ANIMAL HOUSE AT THE SHADE TREE SHELTER
Located at 1 W Owens Ave in North Las Vegas, NV, The Shade Tree shelter not only takes in abused women and children who have fled from a domestic violence situation but is the first shelter in the Country to have a stand-alone home called “Noahs Animal House” to provide safety, shelter and support for the pets of its clients. In a national survey, 85% of women seeking safety in a domestic violence shelter reported pet abuse in their home.
With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year and 100% of its services are provided completely free of charge, regardless of the length of stay. The Shade Tree facility offers residential areas with sleeping rooms, libraries, training rooms, children’s playrooms, three meals a day and laundry services. Additionally, it offers programs and services for women and children including life skills, workforce readiness, health services coordination and housing assistance as well as is the first shelter in the Country to provide an onsite full-service pet shelter with Noahs Animal House. www.theshadetree.org
Since 2007, Noahs Animal House, more than 800 pets have been able to stay united with their families, often times helping them throughout their period of crisis. To learn more or to read success stories from current and past clients, visit www.noahsanimalhouse.org or spread the word on social media at #SUPPORTHEPAWSLV.