Care for Pets helps keep animals with their owners in times of crisis

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ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Care for Pets saw a gap for people who need help in times of crisis.

“On a weekly basis, we see pet owners who are going into or coming out of rehab or maybe dealing with a domestic violence issue at home,” says Care for Pets Executive Director Stephanie Hicks.

Those in need often seek help art crisis centers or shelters, but they are not able to bring their pet along.

“Animals are the last thing that some people have in their life,” says Care for Pets Coordinator Dena Gates. “Unless they know that animal is going to be there when they return, they won’t seek any help.”

That is where Care for Pets comes in, temporarily fostering these animals in their owner’s time of need.

“We are looking to relieve [the owner] because they won't move on to what they need if they are leaving a pet behind,” says Hicks.

Emma the cocker spaniel is their latest example. Her mother is a survivor of domestic violence. In order to get the help she needs, Care for Pets took Emma in.

“I will give [Emma’s owner] the opportunity to get back on her feet,” says Gates. “We will take good care of the animal in order for her to have a new beginning.”

The organization will soon be a part of Rockford's Family Peace Center.

“A key component to getting survivors safe and on the road to recovery is making sure all the gaps and barriers they face filled,” says Jen Cacciapaglia, domestic violence and human trafficking prevention manager for the city of Rockford.