Safe Haven Program – How you can help

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.

Date: Tuesday, 17. May 2011 9:42
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