RedRover Grants Funds To Help Animal Victims Of Domestic Violence
The statistics on domestic abuse are frightening and sad. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, over 70% of women who own pets and turn to a domestic violence shelter for help report that their abusers had either injured, threatened or actually killed family pets to gain psychological control or exert revenge on the abused.
More, possibly as many as 65% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations because they are afraid that if they escape from their abuser, something horrible will happen to their pet(s) when they leave.
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While there are many domestic violence shelters available to women and men across the country, few are able to accommodate the needs of those who also need to bring their pet for fear of its safety as well. Estimates are that only a small percentage of domestic violence shelters have onsite ability to house animals who accompany human abuse victims.
RedRover is a Sacramento, California nonprofit organization that was founded in 1987 with the goal of bringing animals in crisis to care, and has recently given a RedRover Relief Safe Housing grant to a domestic violence shelter, the Rainbow House, which is based in Wisconsin.
The Rainbow House, provides relief and accommodations for domestic violence victims for three surrounding counties, will be using the money from RedRover’s grant to build an on-site facility that will help accommodate victims of abuse who bring their pets with them when they escape from their abusive situation. The facility will have kitty hotels, kennel runs and dog crates, though The Rainbow House is still looking for additional donations to help provide families with pet care basics like food and supplies necessary for them to remain at the shelter together.
According to RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth, too many domestic violence victims stay in their abusive homes because they are worried about what will happen to their pets if they leave. This grant will help make more victims recieve service that could literally save their pets lives.
The Rainbow House’s Executive Director Courtney Olson said that safety for pets at Rainbow House is vital to the victim’s recoveries. More, pets also deserve to be rescued from abusive situations, and an onsite facility will support the safety of families and their pets.
If you agree, and would like to help support the care of animals in crisis situations, you can visit RedRover’s site about their domestic violence programs, and how you can help.
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