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PURPLE PETS

Tally the corgi is pictured in her purple bandana from the Purple Pet Parade Wednesday at the Marquette Commons. The parade was hosted by the Marquette Women’s Center as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The walk was meant to show support for survivors of domestic violence and raise awareness for the Sasawin Project. The project, which gets its name from the Ojibwa word for home or nesting, fosters the pets of those receiving services from the center for 90 days, said Sherrie Youngren, a resource advocate for the Harbor House. “The statistics show that 51% of people that are in a domestic violence situation don’t want to leave because of their pet,” Youngren said. “I don’t think there’s many shelters in the U.P. that have this type of program, so we just want to get the word out there so maybe we can gather more volunteers because it’s very important.” According to the Women’s Center, 93% of pet owners say they would risk their life for their pet. (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)
Bernese mountain dog Greta is seen at the Purple Pet Parade Wednesday at the Marquette Commons. The parade was hosted by the Marquette Women’s Center as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The walk was meant to show support for survivors of domestic violence and raise awareness for the Sasawin Project. The project, which gets its name from the Ojibwa word for home or nesting, fosters the pets of those receiving services from the center for 90 days, said Sherrie Youngren, a resource advocate for the Harbor House. “The statistics show that 51% of people that are in a domestic violence situation don’t want to leave because of their pet,” Youngren said. “I don’t think there’s many shelters in the U.P. that have this type of program, so we just want to get the word out there so maybe we can gather more volunteers because it’s very important.” According to the Women’s Center, 93% of pet owners say they would risk their life for their pet. (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)