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Safe Haven Program – How you can help

Tuesday, 17. May 2011 9:42

Foster Families Needed for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims!

The Safety Network for Abused Animals and People (SNAAP) is looking for foster families that can foster pets of domestic violence victims while they stay at an emergency shelter. Pets are often victims of abuse when there is domestic violence occurring in the home – fostering pets allows the animals to be safe and enables the victims to more easily flee a violent situation.

  • A 1997 study of the 50 largest battered women shelters in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, found that 85% of women and 63% of children entering the shelter reported incidents of pet abuse in the family.†
  • More than 83% of those 50 shelters have observed the coexistence of domestic violence and animal cruelty, but only 27% include questions relating to pet abuse in their intake interviews.††
  • In a Utah safe-house, 71% of women stated that their abusers had also threatened, harmed or killed a family pet, and 20% had delayed leaving an abusive situation out of fear for their pet’s safety.

Families would foster through the Washington Humane Society’s Safe Haven Program. The expected foster commitment would last 30 to 90 days, depending on the specific situation. If you are interested, please e-mail for more information.

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It’s Spring – get me some earplugs!

Saturday, 3. April 2010 20:11

I grew up in Northeastern Ohio where the arrival of Spring was not always readily apparent. More often than not the first inkling that my brother and I had that it was indeed warming up was the shattering of the enormous (and potentially life-threatening) icicle that hung just outside our dining room window for the better part of every winter. We both avoided it like the plague, imagining ourselves skewered and pinned to the driveway like scientific specimens. And winter coats and boots remained at the ready until mid-April. Sure, there were crocuses – I remember brilliant yellow and deep purple blossoms peaking through the snow. But I don’t remember hearing birds. Well, apparently. I was just in the wrong part of the country!
Here in Miami this past week we have been having what we like to call “Chamber of Commerce weather”: mid-70′s, low humidity, bright blue skies and little wisps of clouds. This is the time of year that we all open our windows and just let the fresh air blow through our houses. Perfect, no? Well, not for me, at least not on this particular night. It was 4:00 AM and I was awake and it was NOISY! The mockingbirds were singing to attract mates. Singing and singing and singing. Then, the frogs started – three different kinds, according to the Miami Herald: Florida chorus frogs that sound like you are running your thumb over the teeth of a comb; and the Southern leopard frog that sounds like a cackling laugh or a clucking chicken; and, finally, the Florida cricket frog who sounds like ball bearings being clicked together at regular intervals. And as I lay in bed not sleeping and watching it get lighter and lighter outside, I could hear flocks of parrots, and a woodpecker, and, from my neighbor’s backyard, his pet macaw. Where’s an icicle when you need it? But truthfully, I had to admit that even though I was extremely tired, I also had a really big grin on my face. The air was filled with big, beautiful noises. This is a city of over 400,000 people and I live very near the airport, and yet, here they were. The mockingbirds songs seemed to never repeat; they just kept going and going and going. And as the flocks of parrots passed over my house they sounded like a cluster of school children interrupting each other and all chattering at once. Pretty magical, I’d say. I sure would miss them if they weren’t here. So you know what? I’ve changed my mind about those earplugs – you can keep them. I don’t want them after all. It’s Spring! Bring on the birds and the frogs. Listen, can you hear them?

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