The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act will not only allow victims to recover costs of veterinary care, it prohibits abusers from crossing state lines to harm pets, and it creates federal funding to provide emergency shelter to victims’ pets.
RedRover’s Domestic Violence Safe Housing grants provide funds to help domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly, so that no one has to choose between safety and family. This groundbreaking program continues to grow and make a powerful impact on domestic violence survivors and the people who help them.
Of the many dangers pets face in violent homes, veterinary neglect is a common yet rarely highlighted reality. Abusers often maintain strict control over the household budget and won't allow their victims to spend money on either routine or emergency veterinary care. As a result, many of the animals we help to board through our Safe Escape grant program are in need of veterinary care.
When you support RedRover’s Safe Housing program, you help domestic violence victims like Elaine* grow from victims into survivors. She and her dogs are safe because people like you care about protecting pets and people from domestic violence.
Gina’s dog, Cooper, meant everything to her children. One of Gina’s kids had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and Cooper had bonded closely with the sick child over the years. But the entire family suffered under the hands of their abuser, and Cooper was a victim of domestic violence, too. Gina knew it was time to escape, but she wouldn’t leave without Cooper.