Nov 10

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Extends a Paw to Help Families and Pets in Need

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment donated $20,000 to help fund the Harbor House of Central Florida ’s new kennel facility for pet-owning victims of domestic violence.

Harbor House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and emotional support, and legal advocacy for thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year.“We believe that not having a safe place for your pets is a real barrier to hundreds of local survivors causing them to either remain in the abusive situation or delay leaving. Having their pet with them during that most dangerous time and keeping the family intact is extremely therapeutic and helps speed the healing process for everyone”, says Harbor House of Central Florida CEO, Carol Wick.

The innovative kennels will provide a way to bring beloved pets along when fleeing to a Harbor House facility. Upon completion, these revolutionary kennels will be one of three in the state of Florida.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment stuck their paws right into this project – literally. Jada, a canine ambassador from SeaWorld Orlando's "Pets Ahoy" show, participated in the Nov. 5 groundbreaking festivities.

A number of other successful efforts to support abandoned and neglected pets have been implemented at our parks: “Happy Tails” was established at all three SeaWorld locations this year, in order to encourage pet adoption from local animal shelters in exchange for park admission; and SeaWorld Orlando’s beloved “Pets Ahoy!” show features adopted animal stars that many deemed to be “untrainable”.

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