Domestic violence shelter now accepts families with pets

A valley domestic violence shelter is now welcoming another member of the family.

It's a welcome of sorts for this pooch and some cats, like Clark Kent and his best bud Robert.

"It was really heart wrenching, it just makes me really happy," said Jennifer Pressler.

Not only does the family stay together at the Sojourner Center, now the family pet can stay as well.

"I made a suggestion for a shelter here in the back where nobody uses, and the last two months they've been working on it, and Tuesday's the big day," said Robert Pressler.

The 12-year-old helped launch the pet companion center at the Sojourner Center in Phoenix. That's where Robert and his mom sought shelter after leaving a troubled situation in another state.

"Left Washington, it was a domestic violence situation, and I tried to stay with a friend and it didn't work out. We wound up here on March 3, we came with our cat, and they said we couldn't keep him, and we were going to leave and I didn't have anywhere to go," said Jennifer.

They stayed at Sojourner, and now more than two months later, so can Clark Kent.

"It feels good to know that I'm here right here next to my cat, and he's here whenever I need someone to comfort me," said Robert.

The Sojourner Center serves as a domestic violence shelter for families in Phoenix.
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