Shining a light on domestic violence
Last year I had the immense honor of being on hand when Jenny Dwyer’s Paw It Forward Foundation held its very first BARKK to end the Silence 5K Walk/Run/WOOF (I like to think I woofed as running is not my thing). This event, which was not expected to be the runaway hit that it was, raised a tidy sum of money to go towards the creation of a pet-friendly shelter for people affected by domestic violence.
And I’m thrilled to be coming back again this year to document the event and the people and pets standing up to this familial tragedy.
And there are no domestic violence shelters in Maine equipped to handle pets. And for many people struggling to survive the trauma of violence leaving the family pets behind is another trauma that many victims may not be able to handle.