MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- The Marquette Women’s Center held their first ever ‘Purple Pet Parade’ on Wednesday evening, as part of the many events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Community members and their furry friends were all welcome to the free event, which started at the Marquette Commons at 6:00 p.m.
This walk is part of the Sasawin Project, which was created around four years ago by the Women’s Center, along with the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter and groups at Northern Michigan University.
The Women’s Center found that often people won't leave a violent situation because of their pet.
The Sasawin Project helps victims’ secure safe placements for their pets, so they can focus on moving into one of their shelters.
"It's just recognition that pets play a big part in our daily lives and we want to protect pets too, we also want to make escape easy for people to get out of a violent situation,” said Beth Casady, Executive Director for the Women’s Center.
The Women’s Center is always looking for more foster homes for pets.
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