Dulux partnered with Evie Kemp who designed and painted a mural in the Pet Refuge shelter using the Dulux® Colours of New Zealand® range. View the video to see Evie’s design journey, her colourful mural and limited edition prints.
Pet Refuge is a charitable trust who believe that no one should live with violence, and that’s why they are building a shelter that will temporarily house pets affected by domestic violence, so their owners can escape abuse at home. The specially designed shelter is the first of its kind in NZ, with plans to build more around the country in key locations.
NZ has the second highest rate of pet ownership in the world, and unfortunately the highest rate of family violence in the OECD. The 2018 Women's Refuge survey of women whose pets were abused as part of domestic violence found 53% delayed leaving family violence out of fear for their pet’s safety.
Most refuges don’t have facilities to house pets, so this creates a barrier for people wanting to leave, as they can’t face leaving their pets behind. By providing a shelter that works alongside Women’s Refuge, victims can leave with their pets, knowing there will be a safe place for them to go, and can be reunited once longer term plans are in place.
Dulux is contributing a significant amount of product and resource for the build of the shelter by supplying all the paint and coatings needed such as decorative paints like , and , as well as specialty protective coatings like Dulux are also providing technical advice and interior design expertise for the shelter. It is expected that the pets Pet Refuge will care for will be stressed or traumatised so it’s important that the interior environment they enter provides a calming and positive energy. Contrary to what many people think, cats, dogs, birds and many other animals can see particular colours, so we will be incorporating this into the design of the shelter through the Dulux Colours of New Zealand®. We want to use colour to help create a sense of calm, harmony and optimism for both the animals and the people that work there. Dulux has also sponsored a ‘virtual brick’ in the names of each of its NZ employees.
Dulux will also continue to provide donations for future support and with the help of the Dulux Dog, will continue to raise awareness for Pet Refuge and assist in future fundraising activities.
The Pet Refuge shelter is a purpose-designed building to provide temporary shelter and security for pets in family violence situations, with the end goal of reuniting each of them with their owners so they can start new lives together in violence-free homes. The location of the shelter will be kept confidential in order to protect the safety of the pets and people assisted by Pet Refuge.