June 12th, 2019
By Katie Campbell, RedRover Outreach Manager
What would you do if you had to choose between your own safety and the safety of your beloved pet?
In domestic abuse situations, this is an all-too-common reality. In fact, as many as 71% of domestic violence survivors entering a shelter report that their pet was injured, maimed, killed or threatened by their abuser in the last year. Only about 10% of domestic violence shelters offer pet-friendly housing programs, and roughly 48% of survivors have delayed leaving out of concern for their pet – and we suspect this number could be higher. This clearly represents a barrier to safety for survivors and their pets.
RedRover recently joined forces with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Rebuild program and the Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City, MO, to offer a unique day of training focused on creating more safe spaces for domestic violence survivors and their pets. There were more than 50 attendees from across the state and Kansas who joined us! The attendees were largely made up of folks who work at domestic violence and homeless shelters, plus animal organizations. They eagerly shared their experiences, asked questions, and expressed their passion for making pet-friendly housing a reality in their communities.
So, what did we talk about?
For me, the best part of this training day is that we were able to begin the conversation about this urgent issue. We offered attendees the chance to share and ask questions (and laugh a time or two!) and, most importantly, the opportunity to build community.
Do you want to learn more about this training or are you interested in bringing it to your community? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and keep an eye out on our social media channels to learn about future events!