When someone is being abused at home, they're told to get out of the situation. That's not easy for a lot victims because of their pets.
The Women’s Resource Center of Norman just opened a shelter for the dogs and cats of abused women.
Last year, it turned away 43 domestic violence victims because they didn’t want to leave behind their pets.
“They refuse to leave their house because their abusers are going harm or kill their pets,” says Courtney Foster with the Women’s Resource Center.
Foster says it took her about a year to raise the $20,000 for the field turf and kennels in the backyard of a Norman home.
It’s called Daisy’s Place. Like a facility for victims, its location is kept private.
It's one of the only shelters in Oklahoma of its kind. Foster hopes there are more to come.
The Women’s Resource Center helps around 150 to 200 families per year.