Your Pet Could Be a Star!

Kevin Slattery shares a photo of his four kids, DeRosa, Doris, Davis, & Dempsey

Does your pet have star potential? Are you eager to share that adorable, furry (or feathered… or scaly… or slimy) face with the world? Are you passionate about raising awareness for domestic violence and helping an organization that empowers domestic abuse survivors to live peaceful, violence-free lives?

Then we want YOU and your progressive pet to be featured in our 2015 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar! This calendar idea was born out of the same sentiment that inspired our Doggie Walk Event: that not only are cases of pet abuse and domestic abuse closely correlated, but that pets make great companions for the self-care, recovery, and healing of domestic abuse survivors. According to the American Humane Association, 71% of pet-owning survivors entering shelters reported abuse of their family pets. Most incidents of pet abuse occur in the presence of the survivor and/or their children, as an attempt to coerce and control the survivor. For many domestic violence survivors, pets provide strong emotional support and comfort.

To kick off October as Domestic Violence Awareness month, we want to celebrate the WI-LOGO - Final -- Good version for uploadswonderful relationship between loving pet-owners and their animal friends, and we want you to participate! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. will be hosting the Pet Calendar Competition, allowing the community to send in their pet photos to be featured in our 2015 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar! For extra points, include the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Logo into your pet picture! (It might give your photo better odds of being selected)!

There are only 5 spots available, so if you’re interested in having your pet featured in our 2015 Calendar, email Mariya Taher at mariya@womaninc.org with a photo and a 25 to 50 word blip about why you love your furry companion.

Purchase the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 2015 Pet Calendar today.

p.s. make sure to visit our W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Facebook page to see if your furry friend’s picture is being shared with the world! 

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s 2nd Annual Doggie Walk!

On July 19th, 2014, W.O.M.A.N., Inc staff, volunteers, and community members all got together at Duboce Park for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s  2nd Annual Doggie Walk. The purpose of this event is to not only show the connection between pet abuse and domestic violence, but also to show the strong connection between survivors and their pets; pets often provide an incomparable form of support for survivors. This year’s event was particularly special, as it was dedicated to Claire Pierce Moreira, a beloved volunteer of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and pet-lover, who passed away this past year.

Beloved Volunteer and Pet-Lover, Claire.  Claire volunteered many hours of her time to help W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and survivors of domestic violence. We are forever thankful for her!

Beloved Volunteer and Pet-Lover, Claire. Claire volunteered many hours of her time to help W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and survivors of domestic violence. We are forever thankful for her!

Friends and family of Claire, along with our much-appreciated community of supporters, came out that Saturday afternoon with their dear furry companions to both honor Claire and her deep compassion for pets and domestic violence survivors, as well as to recognize the high prevalence of pet abuse. Everyone got the chance to genuinely enjoy each other’s company, while also learning about each of our unique connections to pet abuse, domestic abuse, and W.O.M.A.N., Inc. In the midst of it all, we also threw in a few fun pet challenges, including a “Longest Stay” challenge (i.e. the dog who could “stay” the longest) and a “Best Trick” challenge. Additionally, the Events Committee at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. held a raffle, featuring prizes uniquely fitted to the theme of pets, such as doggie treats/food, dog wash certificates, a pet variety gift-pack, and finally (though not for pets), a cafe gift certificate.. At the end of the event–we were able to raise a grand total of $310, from both raffle entries and voluntary donations.Doggie Walk 2014widoggiewalk2014-2

 

An overwhelming amount of research shows a strong correlation between pet abuse and domestic violence. If pet abuse is occurring, there is a great chance that domestic violence is also occurring. Studies show that as many as “71% of pet-owning survivors entering [domestic violence] shelters reported that their abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.” Survivors of domestic violence are also more tentative about leaving abusive relationships at the fear of their pets getting more hurt. Between 25% and 40% of survivors reported they were unable to leave an abusive situation because they worried what would happen to their pets. (“Facts About Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence”, n.d.). This stark statistic shows just how central pets are in the lives of many domestic violence survivors. Domestic violence is frequently a silent issue in and of itself; with the added concern of pet abuse, this predicament poses yet another obstacle for domestic violence survivors to seek help in their tenuous circumstances.

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From all of us at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., we’d like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to our business sponsors:  Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods, Noe Valley Pet Co., K9 Scrub Club, and Duboce Park Cafe who all generously donated wonderful raffle items to support this event and our agency. Furthermore, we’d like to give a big THANK YOU to all our event participants! You all illustrate that it really takes a whole community to confront the challenges of domestic violence and we are so grateful for your support!W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Doggie Walk 2014

C.U.E. Tip: Meditation

Meditation

As advocates for survivors of domestic violence, we can feel overwhelmed and stressed. Our stress can make us tired, unhappy, and frustrated. This can affect our health and the relationships around us.

As explained in howtomeditate.com, “we are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate. But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy.”

Taking time out of our days to meditate and shift our energy is a great way to handle being stressed and over worked.

Here is a quick guide to breathing meditation:

1. Choose a quiet place to sit

2. You can sit in a traditional cross legged position or what ever is comfortable

3. Keep back straight to keep our minds from being sluggish or sleepy

4. Have your eyes partially closed

5. Focus on your breathing, try to breath naturally don’t attempt to control it

6. Slowly try to become aware of the sensation of breathing, this is the object of meditation

7. If your mind wanders, it’s okay, immediately return it to your breaths

For more information on how to meditate, go to howtomeditate.com

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Dance Out Diabetes

danceoutWe cannot emphasis enough the health benefits of dancing. Dancing is an excellent form of exercise because it not only burns calories and builds muscles, but it also contributes to our overall health.  Dancing is great, and if you’re not dancing yet, now may be the perfect time to start.

Dance Out Diabetes is a dancing event in San Francisco whose mission is to prevent and manage diabetes through dance, education, support and increased access to care. Dance Out Diabetes is a fun dance community made up of all ages, abilities, people with and without diabetes, friends, families, volunteers, and certified diabetes educators. Regular dance programs include ongoing health screenings, a 45-minute dance lesson, and different genres of music. Participants have an opportunity to socialize with peers facing similar challenges in a relaxed and informal setting.

The next upcoming event is August 9th, 2014, at The African American Art & Culture Complex at 762 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102.

For more information please click here.

Janella Parucha, Social Media Volunteer 

 

Unleash Your Love at our 2nd Annual Community Dog Walk

DoggieWalkUnderstanding the connection between domestic violence and pet abuse, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has created a Pet Fund for survivors who need monetary support for their pets, including vet costs, pet food and kennel stays.

2nd Annual Doggie Walk in honor of Claire Pierce Moreira
Saturday, July 19, 12:00 noon
Duboce Park, San Francisco

We are walking in honor of Claire Pierce Moreira, a dedicated volunteer and dog lover who helped W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in many ways. Between 2011 and 2013, Claire donated 347 hours of her time to W.O.M.A.N., Inc., most on our survivor support line. When she passed away last year, her husband donated $1000 in her name to our agency to start a Pet Fund for survivors. This fund will help survivors pay for away-hotels, veterinary costs, and pet food when they are attempting to leave an abusive situation.

The intention behind the Doggie Walk is to show how survivors who have animals often have to endure abuse of their pets as well. It is common for animals to protect survivors from abuse. Sometimes animals try to intervene during violent episodes, putting them at great risk for being harmed, either directly or indirectly. This fund would help survivors ensure their pets are taken care of during times of difficulty.

Like our Doggie Walk Facebook page, and watch our Doggie Walk video on YouTube.

HOW TO DONATE TO W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Pet Fund:

1) If you would like to donate to our Pet Fund, you can donate online here (make sure to note “Pet Fund” in the field for special purpose for your donation).

2) If you would like to donate with cash or check, you can bring it to the Doggie Walk, or mail it to us. Checks can be made out to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and mailed to 333 Valencia Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103. Make sure to note “Pet Fund” in the memo of your check.

So mark your calendars and stop by Duboce Park with your pooch on Saturday, July 19 at noon. See you there!

C.U.E Tip: Hiking – Benefits Heart, Body, and Mind

Take a Hike! Hiking is a powerful tool to maintain a healthy mind, body, and heart. Hiking provides an effective cardio and strength work out, which helps blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Hiking helps reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer and has been proven to have a positive impact on preventing symptoms of stress and anxiety.

San Francisco provides a diverse array of hiking trails. Grab a Friend and try out these 3 San Francisco Hiking Trails:

Crissy Field Hike

 

Lands End: This trail is 3.4 miles with an average 1-3 hours walk. Lands end provides beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean.

Land End Hike

Crissy Fields: Trail is 1.3 miles, with an average 1-3 hours walk. This park provides excellent walking adventures, as well a great place to enjoy wild life.

California Coastal Trail

California Coastal Trail: Trail is 8.9 miles, half a days walk. This trail may be for more experienced hikers. It provides a beautiful view of the city. You hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Here are a few helpful tips when hiking:

1. Go with a buddy – If you are hiking somewhere new bring a friend to help navigate and provide needed motivation.
2. Start slow – For beginners, try out a trail that is short. Then work your way up to the longer and more difficult ones.
3. Head for hills – Trails that have hills or inclines will intensify heart rate and burn more calories
4. Bring a Backpack – Back backs are needed to carry important items: water, food, maps, phones, etc.

For more hiking trails in San Francisco, please visit Every Trail.

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C.U.E. Tip: Farmers’ Markets

Photo © Ingrid Taylar

by Janella Parucha

Eating healthy is key to maintaining good mental health. Food not only nourishes us physicallybut mentally as well.

With that said, San Francisco provides plethora opportunities to eat healthy. San Francisco’s best healthy food resources are its Farmers Markets. Farmers Markets are a great way get the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables. They give you the opportunity to support local farmers and connect with where your food comes from.

Here is list of a few Farmers Markets in San Francisco:

(via: togetherinfood.wordpress.com.)

S.F. FARMERS’ MARKETS:

Alemany Farmers’ Market – the “people’s market” and first in the state (see article here)
Saturdays: 6 a.m –3 p.m.
100 Alemany Blvd. 415-647-9423

Castro Farmers’ Market (Castro)
March 12-December 17, 2014
Wednesdays: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Noe St. at Market St.

Crocker Galleria Farmers’ Market (Union Square/Financial District)
Year-round,
Thursdays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Starting June 4, 2014,
Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Crocker Galleria 50 Post St. 800-806-3276

Divisadero Farmers’ Market (Alamo Square)
Sundays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grove St. at Divisadero

Heart of the City Farmers’ Market (Civic Center)
Year-round
Sundays: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fridays: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
United Nations Plaza, Market St.,
between Seventh and Eighth Streets. 415-558-9455

Inner Richmond
Year-round
Sundays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Clement Street between 2nd Avenue and 4th Avenue

Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market (Inner Sunset)
Year-round
Sundays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
8th Ave., between Judah and Irving St. in the parking lot between 8th and 9th Avenues

Please take advantage of the FRESH produce San Francisco has to offer.

For the full list of Farmers markets please go to: http://togetherinfood.wordpress.com/s-f-farmers-markets-the-full-list/