Kitchens took a bad situation and turned it into an opportunity to help women in similar situations find an out -- not only for themselves but for their pets, large and small.
"What is unique about our program is we are the only organization that helps horse women," said Kitchens, executive director of
About 93 percent of pet owners won't leave an abusive home if they cannot take their animals with them, and 80 percent of women who entered shelters said their partners threatened, injured or killed a family animal, according to the
"The problem is the minute the person who they typically abuse is gone, they take it out on an animal," Kitchens said.
To raise funds for its program,
"If we're going to dream, dream big," said
The ranch is in the process of looking for property to build the safe house. Board member
Kitchens said the proposed facility is designed to create a community among the women looking to rebuild their lives
"We want to help transition these women," she said. "Once they are inside, they can move around freely."
For more information, visit www.littlegrassranch.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-LGR-9393 (1-888-547-9393).
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