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Click on the link below to direct you to the Domesticshelters.org articles and resources to help better understand this on-going issue of Domestic Violence.
"Aiding Victims of Abuse and Neglect"
No one should feel they are unable to leave a violent situation. There is help if the safety of a pet is preventing you from leaving.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY PET?
When there is violence in the home, it's important to have an emergency plan for sheltering yourself, your children and your pets.
IF I LEAVE WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF MY PET?
Most domestic violence shelters are unable to shelter your pets. Against Abuse, Inc. has created a temporary program called the Animal Safe Home Network (ASHN) to protect the safety of your pet.
WHAT ANIMALS CAN I SEND?
If your animal is not listed, feel free to call, we may be able to refer you to another program. (Animals deemed vicious or dangerous may be excluded from the program.)
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY PET ONCE IN THE ASHN?
Upon referral, the ASHN Coordinator will make arrangements to place your pet with one of our trained volunteers. Your pet will receive a veterinary check up and basic incoculations (if needed.) All volunteer and client information will remain confidential therefore neither party will ever meet.
Updates on the pets' health, happiness, and well-being will be relayed via ASHN staff and/or case managers. Placement is temporary. The usual length of stay is 45 days, although exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
We are in need of "foster parents" for companion animals. With your compassion and kindness you can give a domestic violence victim peace of mind, knowing their pet is in a safe, loving enviornment.
In collaboration with other entitites, expenses such as food and tags are NOT the responsibility of the volunteer.