Animal Abuse

Family Pets are commonly viewed as family members and companions. Unfortunately, similar to domestic abuse, abusers demonstrate power and control over the family by threatening, harming, or killing animals. They may harm pets to punish the victim for leaving or to retaliate for acts of self-determination or independence.

Unfortunately these actions can:

It has been reported that up to 40% of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave. And 65% of women who report prior pet abuse continue to worry for their pets' welfare after entry into a shelter.

Here are some Tips for Victims With Pets (from the Humane Society of the United States):

Call our help line at 1-800-559-2927 and we will work with you for the safety of your pet.