December 9, 2015 – RedRover©, a national nonprofit organization based in Sacramento, California, has distributed a total of $44,420 in grant funds to eight domestic violence shelters throughout the United States so the shelters can create pet-friendly lodging to house victims’ pets.
RedRover’s Safe Housing program provides essential funding to domestic violence shelters to enable them to create on-site space to house pets. The following shelters received Safe Housing grant awards for this application period in 2015:
- Dove House Advocacy Services – Townsend, WA
- A Better Way Services, Inc. – Muncie, IN
- YWCA Clark County SafeChoice Domestic Violence Shelter – Vancouver, WA
- New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter – Mount Vernon, OH
- Catalyst Domestic Violence Services – Chico, CA
- Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus – Modesto, CA
- Circle of Love Center, Inc. – Greensboro, GA
- Domestic Violence Intervention Program – Iowa City, IA
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their batterer had injured, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control. As many as 65 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave. According to Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T), a national initiative that guides family violence shelters on how to welcome families with pets, only a fraction of the 2,500 domestic violence shelters in the United States report having the ability to house animals onsite.
“When a victim of domestic violence believes that there is nowhere safe for them to escape to with their pets, they may stay in the abusive relationship out of fear for their pets’ safety,” said Nicole Forsyth, RedRover President and CEO. “Their pets are often also victims of abuse, suffering from injuries and neglect. RedRover’s Safe Housing grants make it possible for victims to receive lifesaving sheltering services, reassured that their pets are protected.”
More information about RedRover’s domestic violence programs can be found at RedRover.org/Domestic.
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