|Assemblyman Tedisco and his pooch Gracie with Dr. Joy Lucas|
When I talk about Wellspring’s victim-assistance programs people are always surprised when I mention the Safe Pet Partnership… “Whoa, pets? How does that fit with domestic violence?” Sadly, there’s a big correlation. Abusers will use our love for our family pets as a tool of coercion. According to the American Humane Society, 71% of domestic violence victims entering shelters reported their abuser had maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control them. Some victims stay trapped in abuse because they fear their pet would be harmed if they left. Conversely the Humane Society states, “Investigation of animal abuse is often the first point of social services intervention for a family in trouble.”
At Wellspring we ‘re committed to helping all victims of domestic violence. That’s why we have a Safe Pet Partnership that provides temporary foster placement in loving homes for pets while their families find safe housing…after which they’re all reunited So join us on October 11th us raising awareness keep our furry, feathered, and finned family members safe from abuse.