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6th Annual Paws for Peace Walk to Support Animal Survivors of Domestic Abuse

April 23, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

| $20

Bring Your Animal Family Members and Participate in the 6th Annual 

Paws for Peace Walk to Support Animal Survivors of Domestic Abuse 

Registration now open for individuals and teams to participate, raising money and awareness of Harbor House’s Paws for Peace Kennel

WHO: Harbor House of Central Florida’s 6th Annual Paws for Peace Walk presented by Verizon

WHAT: Harbor House of Central Florida’s 6th Annual Paws for Peace Walk presented by Verizon is a fun and leisurely stroll for families, friends and their pets. Participants walk to raise awareness about the impact of domestic abuse on pets and their owners. In addition, a blessing will be offered for any and all participating pets. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to fund veterinary and kennel services for survivors’ pets staying in the short-term emergency housing at Harbor House.

Meet Ted Maines, owner of Ted Maines Interiors and philanthropist, and his miniature greyhound, Donatella, who are honorary co-chairs of the event. Past years’ honorary co-chairs, City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan and her brown schnauzer-mix, Sienna; along with George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel sports columnist, and his boxer, Addie are anticipated to be on-hand with their teams.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Registration begins at 8 a.m.; Walk starts at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Blue Jacket Park, Baldwin Park, 2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando (north corner of General Rees Ave and Lower Park Road)

REGISTRATION: A $20 donation includes a free t-shirt and bandana for a pet. Participants will also have the opportunity to donate their pets’ birthday. Children 12 and under walk for free. Register at www.harborhousefl.com or contact Shirley Draper at sdraper@harborhousefl.com.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Harbor House of Central Florida’s Paws for Peace Walk is important because:

– 48% of survivors delay leaving an abusive situation for fear their pets will be maimed or killed
– 88% of pets living in domestic violence homes are either abused or killed
– 100% of the proceeds of the walk funds will service survivors and their pets staying at Harbor House
– Regular walks are important for your dog to maintain healthy, balanced lifestyle-opportunities for exercised, exploration and socialization for people as well as pets.

The event is presented by Verizon. Other event sponsors include SeaWorld Orlando and WKMG 6.


Harbor House opened the 1,500 square-foot kennel in December 2012. It serves as one of seven on-site, free-standing domestic abuse kennels in the state of Florida and is one of the largest in the country.  Since it opened, the kennel has served as a safe haven for nearly 150 dogs, cats, birds, turtles, guinea pig, and more.  It features an examination room, grooming area, 10 kennels for dogs and 10 for cats, as well as spaces for other pets, such as ferrets, birds, hamsters and other “pocket pets.”

Harbor House is Orange County’s only state-certified domestic violence center. It provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, legal advocacy and justice for thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year. Harbor House works to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing critical life-saving services to survivors, implementing and advancing best practices, and educating and engaging the community in a united front. For more information, please visit www.harborhousefl.com. For more information, please visit www.harborhousefl.com. Follow on social media through Facebook at Harbor House of Central Florida; Twitter @HarborHouseFL (#PAWSOrlando); and YouTube at harborhousefl.


April 23, 2016
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Harbor House of Central Florida


Blue Jacket Park in Baldwin Park
2420 Lakemont Ave.
Orlando, FL 32814 United States
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