The Huron Women's Shelter is expanding those they are helping, to include family pets.
The "Pets In Shelter" program will allow pets to accompany women and children in the organization's emergency shelter.
Shelter officials say animal abuse is present in an estimated 89 per cent of domestic abuse cases where animals are present in the home.
The program will provide a safe haven for animals who could be facing continued abuse, while comforting their human owners.
Executive Director Laura Sparks says the inviting of household pets to the shelter will also add to the feeling of security and happiness for residents.
Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services is partnering with Huebner-Ridder Veterinary Hospital, who will perform veterinary checks for pets entering the shelter, at a discounted rate, which will be paid by the emergency shelter.