Animals may suffer during this trying time too, especially if their humans get sick and can no longer care for them. Here are some resources to help.
Author Sheri Madsen, RedRover
The bond between pets and their owners is unbreakable, but the lack of pet-friendly housing options for domestic violence victims often leaves them with a heartbreaking decision: endure abuse in order to stay with their beloved pet, or leave their pet behind. The Purple Leash Project is aiming to solve this problem.
A majority of domestic violence survivors report that their family pets were abused as part of the cycle of violence experienced at home. With few DV shelters offering pet-friendly housing options, many survivors delay leaving abusive situations out of concern for their pets. RedRover offers resources to help families, including their animal members, escape abuse.
RedRover provides a list of currently available animal emergency shelters and resources.
In anticipation of hurricane season, which occurs June through November, RedRover selected three organizations to receive funding to help animals in Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey and prepare for future disasters.
RedRover, a national animal welfare organization, launches two new lifesaving programs to help victims of domestic violence and their pets escape together: Safe Housing Startup grants and Safe Housing Off-site grants.
Many domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave. RedRover© will distribute more than $49,000 in funding to five domestic violence shelters to create on-site space to house pets.
RedRover, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization, is on the ground in Naples, Florida, to help provide daily care and comfort for animals displaced by Hurricane Irma.
RedRover, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization, will help the SPCA of Texas provide daily care and comfort for animals who are displaced by Hurricane Harvey in Dallas, Texas.
Kind News Magazine encourages both empathy and critical thinking in children by celebrating the human-animal bond and helping to motivate children to take action to improve the lives of animals.