When Julie Chapman, Founder and CEO of KidsCan, became aware that some people experiencing family violence delay leaving out of fear for their pets’ lives, she felt driven to help.
With experience in implementing charitable initiatives that alleviate social problems (KidsCan), she developed a plan to remove one of the major barriers to leaving violent situations.
Julie lost both her parents in the last 5 years. She used the money left to her from the sale of their home to purchase land for Pet Refuge.
“For many people, pets are family. For victims of domestic violence, they provide real solace. Leaving them behind with an abusive partner just isn’t an option. We hope that if victims know their pets will be well looked after while they escape, it will remove a barrier to them leaving.”
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