Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Shelter is Pet-Friendly!

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Shelter now has a designated area where victims fleeing violent situations can temporarily house their pets. A volunteer team led by Rodney Tennison, a resource technician for the Mason Conservation District, recently completed the project using materials donated from various Mason County businesses. The project engineer was Jennifer Lai, an AmeriCorp volunteer. A pet area has always been part of the Shelter’s plan because some victims fear their pets will be harmed if they leave an abusive partner. In addition to Mr. Tennison and Ms. Lai, the volunteers consisted of Michelle Scheriber (4H Group); Marty Monnier(Monnier Construction), Washington Conservation Corps Crew Members (Crew Supervisor: Russell Greer), several Choice High School Students (Instructor: John Johnson), Rich Geiger (Mason Conservation District, District Engineer); Eric Marble (Mason Conservation District AmeriCorps Engineering Techni-cian); Rony Thi (Capital Land Trust AmeriCorps Stewardship Coordinator); Morgan Mannix and Lena Drath.Local businesses donating materials included: Miles Sand & Gravel (Brian Kelly, Manager); ProBuild (Mike Gill, Outside Sales Representative); and Southgate Fences. 

Because of his outstanding leadership for this project, Mr. Tennison has been awarded the 2012 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, presented Governor Christine Gregoire during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion on April 23. Mr. Tennison also received pregame recognition at the “Salute to Volunteers Night” at Safeco Field, April 17.

The award reads in part:
“The mission of the…shelter is to provide safe housing and support services to domestic violence survivors and their families. By assisting in the addition of a pet area to accommodate the pets of current residents, Mr. Rodney Tennison has ensured that no domestic violence survivor will ever be turned away from the shelter because of the pets they own. When the project lacked volunteers, Mr. Tennison single-handedly installed the components that formed the central structure. He also provided training on safety procedures and woodworking tools and techniques.”

Turning Pointe is extremely grateful to Mr. Tennison and to Jennifer Lai for their leadership in helping us protect the pets of DV survivors so the survivors can focus on their recovery.