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Animal rescue partnering with domestic violence charity

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Robin and Batgirl are fluffy, playful 10-week old kittens in the care of SOS Animal Rescue, a group that finds foster homes for all of its animals.

“It allows us to put all of our money back into the animals,” said Joann Taylor, SOS Animal Rescue. “We don't have any building or utilities or taxes. The added benefit of housing the animals in our home, we can understand what their personalities are.”

SOS finds homes for 300 dogs and cats every year, and helps spay or neuter another 400.

But those good things come at a cost.

That's why they've put together the Dirty Dog Trail Run, the main fundraiser for the rescue.

The races ranging from 10K-run to 1-mile walk take place at Midland City Forest.

“It's a beautiful facility to have the race. It's in the woods, the fall of the year, out on the trails, out in the woods,” Taylor said.

And this is one race you can bring your dog to run alongside you.

But this walk also helps animals in a way you may not have thought of before

This year SOS Animal Rescue is partnering with the Judy V. Spencer fund to help people in domestic abuse situations.

“They have pets, pets are their companions, their source of strength and love in their life,” said Dr. Laine Schad, River Rock Animal hospital. “And trying to leave an abuser is very difficult if you're leaving an animal with it. Because an abuser will often turn their horrible behavior on those pets.”

The Dirty Dog Trail Run is this Saturday Sept. 19 at 9 a.m.

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