Animal shelters play a vital role in protecting pets from abuse and neglect. Because family violence and animal cruelty often go hand-in-hand, pets residing in homes with a history of domestic violence are at particularly high risk for abuse. You can help safeguard pets and their families by supporting domestic violence survivors in your community.
Provide temporary care
Unfortunately, housing domestic violence survivors with their pets is not always possible. Domestic violence shelters may be unable to accommodate animals due to space limitations, restrictive insurance policies, or other barriers. In these situations, animal shelters can play a critical role by providing a safe space for pets to temporarily reside.
Offer your shelter as a safe landing spot for pets in crisis while their owners seek the services they need. Is space an issue? Don’t miss out on grant opportunities to renovate your shelter and create temporary housing spaces that serve your community.
Does your shelter have a foster program? Consider leveraging this network of volunteers to help care for pets in crisis. Foster care is a great way to provide owned pets with a safe and low-stress environment while they await reunification.
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