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Yorkie House of Hearts to help yorkies living with Domestic Violence.

While most domestic violence shelters do not provide on-site shelter for animals, Yorkie House of Hearts would like to particpate in providing a safe haven for yorkies. If you are a Domestic Violence facility please contact us to disuss further options we can make available to you and your clients.

Research clearly shows that offenders of domestic violence often have a pattern of abuse involving all members of the household – including children and pets. When victims of domestic violence seek to escape their abusive homes they’re not only faced with the challenge of finding shelter for themselves and their children, but also for their pets.

Unfortunately, many shelters do not have the means to house companion animals and many victims are left facing the difficult decision to either leave their pets behind or remain in the abusive environment. Sadly, many victims stay in abusive homes for fear of subjecting their animals to continued abuse, if left behind. Equally disturbing, animals are often left with their abusers to face torture or even death.
Relevant statistics on domestic violence and animal abuse:

52 percent of victims in shelters leave their pets with their batterers (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Up to 65 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave (Carlisle-Frank, Frank and Nielsen, 2004)

71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32 percent reported their children had hurt or killed animals (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
With your help, not only will Yorkie House of Hearts give a permanent home to countless senior yorkies that are found abandoned or surrendered to Animal Shelters in Florida... we will also help the local comunity with other services as well.
For many terminally ill seniors, their pet is a lifeline of support. Pets provide companionship and alleviate loneliness. Pets can help to reduce anxiety and stress. But when a person is ill, caring for a pet can become a challenge. Money for dog food and care may not be available in a budget that is already stretched thin by medical expenses. Physically, the pet owner may be unable to provide routine care such as grooming or  veterinary care. Yorkie House of Hearts would like to help.
We know that the unconditional love pets provide to their owners is priceless medicine for both patients and families living with a terminal illness.

In addition, a consulting veterinarian will assess an animal should it need medical care, can help negotiate discounted rates for pet care with local veterinarians and, when possible, provide that care free of charge. Additionally, placement assistance is provided should a yorkie require it. We can invite him into our Senior Sanctuary Program or place him in our Rescue Program and place him up for adoption with a new loving family.
  • We will help you keep your Yorkie while in Hospice Care.
  • We will accept your yorkie into our Program if you should need a permanent placement
  • We will provide basic services for you so you can keep your pet at home with you during your illness.
Pet Care for Hospice Patients.
It's a sad irony that when we need the unconditional love of our animal companions the most, it"s often a time when it"s difficult to provide for them. While senior citizens and the disabled are able to lavish their animals with affection, they are often unable to provide fundamental pet care. These basic requirements of caring for pets can become insurmountable hurdles for those debilitated by age or disease, and the heartbreaking result is a beloved pet being relinquished to a shelter to be rehomed . . . or worse.
The companionship of an animal can be therapeutic. Pets have been shown to reduce
  • depression,
  • anxiety
  • loneliness
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • blood pressure
  • triglyceride levels
It can also promote and improve:
  • healing
  • cognitive sharpness.
  • mood and eating
  • activity levels and social interaction
  • Encouraging routine
Sometimes the care the eldery may need is nominal. Just having someone to call with a simple question or to provide emotional support is all they really need. Pet ownership can be an extremely positive force in the life of an elderly person, especially if that person lives alone. But for the elderly in need, it may be impossible to give the animal the care it needs, and many elderly people are forced to part with their beloved animals. Recognizing that these seniors could provide companionship to animals but just need help with the some of the maintenance is something Yorkie House of Hearts would like to help with.
Florida Yorkie Rescue, Inc.   2740 SW Martin Downs Blvd., #205  Palm City, Florida 34990
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