Most of you know that we live in Seattle. One of the most beautiful cities on the planet – vibrant, free-wheeling and big enough to have numerous James Beard winning restaurants, famous artists and musicians, quite a few colleges, championship sports teams, all without losing its eclectic, funky feel. One of the coolest locations in Seattle is a bio-tech/technology hub built on the south end of Lake Union. A lake in the downtown area of a city? Yup… told you it was an awesome place! In this special little area of the city you’ll see that it is home to world-class healthcare and research facilities, global health advocates, technology giants and the biggest book dealer on the planet.
Homeless Haven For Families With Pets On The Amazon Campus
Amazon.com has numerous buildings that make up a sprawling campus – and they are expanding. One of their buildings is an older 34,500-square-foot hotel scheduled for a 2017 demolition to make way for growing corporate offices. The options for managing the building in the interim were endless for Amazon – and all could have made revenue. What did Amazon do with this building? They allowed a a nonprofit (Mary’s Place) dedicated to helping homeless women and their families, run a shelter housing more than 200 people (60-70 families) for a year – rent free! Not only that – the housing allows for families to bring their pets. For those of us who live in Seattle, this pet-friendly approach is not new for Amazon – they have a dog-friendly workplace with about 1,500 dogs on their campus.
These two organizations, with a little help from the City of Seattle, teamed up to provide this much needed service for temporarily homeless families and their pets. Often, homelessness is born from abuse. Many abused women (and men) with pets often don’t leave their abuser due to temporary housing (shelters) not allowing for pets. Abused individuals fear for the safety of the pet left behind – and more often than not, what happens is exactly what they feared…abuse to the pet, and may include a prolonged, painful and gruesome death. An abuser is just that, an abuser. They are often arbitrary in their rules – and their abuse targets. This is a topic I cover quite frequently, you can read more here, here and here.
We celebrate this new shelter and thank Amazon for their unselfish compassion for the people of our wonderful city! MattieDog is working to partner with pet-food companies to help provide this new shelter with pet food – one less things for the families to worry about while they get back on their feet. If you’d like to help send me an email or buy a few items on the shelter’s wish list (including pet food)! Oh, and drop me a note in the comments below and let me know what you loved about this article.
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!