HOW YOU CAN HELP
Leaving an abusive relationship often comes with limitations and challenges, even more so when a victim has pets. Many victims have little resources and options. Some shelters may not accept pets or they may be full. Pet deposits can be costly. Some landlords or apartment communities don’t allow animals or have breed and weight restrictions. Abusers often threaten or harm pets when their victims express a desire to leave. This is just one of the reasons victims stay in abusive relationships.
It is our goal to help create options for these victims. Here is how you can help.
- Learn as much as you can about the realities of domestic violence and stalking and become an informed source of support to victims and pets in need.
- Help a friend or family member in need. If someone you know is in an abusive relationship, consider sheltering or adopting their pet(s). If you are unable to do so, ask your family, friends or co-workers if they would be willing to help.
- Report animal abuse to the authorities.
- Talk to your local rescue groups. Encourage them to make victims of domestic violence and stalking a focus in their efforts. Ask them if they would be willing to provide temporary care while victims are transitioning.
- Talk to your local animal shelter. Ask them to consider providing shelter to pets from abusive homes on a temporary basis.
- Foster a pet. Contact your local rescue group and volunteer.
- Start your own rescue group or non-profit for abused animals. This takes time, effort and dedication, but it is a worthy cause. Here are some helpful articles: PetFinder: Starting a Non Profit Organization to Help Animals
- Donate to Project Rising or your local animal rescue group to help feed and offer quality of life to animals in need. Financial contributions, pet food and supplies are very helpful.
- Discuss the issues. Create awareness among your loved ones and in your community. Share your experiences and offer your support on our discussion forums or at a local support group.
- Volunteer your time to a rescue group in your area.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, contact a coalition in your state or any of these organizations for information and assistance:
The National Domestic Violence Helpline 800-799-SAFE (7233)
The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 866-331-9474
The National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)
ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)