Walking into the former First Avenue Jail in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, isn’t the experience one may have encountered 30 years ago. For starters, its residents have been replaced by dwellers of the four-legged, furry and even feathery kind.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, up to 48 percent of domestic violence victims do not leave their abuser because they are concerned about what will happen to their beloved pets.
It’s a unique situation: soldiers, deployed all over the globe, come across stray dogs. They form bonds with these animals, care for them, and connect with them. The dogs provide a major boost of morale.
An elderly veteran, at home alone, suddenly experienced a stroke. He fell to the floor, unable to speak and barely able to move. His cell phone was not nearby. He knew that if help didn’t come soon, he’d die.