BENEFITING: ASSAULT CARE CENTER EXTENDING SHELTER & SUPPORT
ASSAULT CARE CENTER EXTENDING SHELTER & SUPPORT wrote -
The Problem: Animals are targets of violent crimes, as the beloved companions of people. Violent crimes such as domestic abuse, sexual assault or homicide. The link between violence against humans and animals is overwhelming. Research indicates that 48% of domestic violence (DV) survivors stay with their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets. Unfortunately, in a home where abuse occurs, it is likely that pets will be part of the cycle of cruelty. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71% of women experiencing DV reported that their abusers had threatened, harmed, or even killed a family pet. In much the same way that children can be used as pawns, animals in volatile homes are often used as a way for the abuser to exert power and control. Fear for animals’ safety in abusive homes is a very real and important concern for survivors of violent crimes.
What Can We Do? ACCESS seeks to give survivors of violent crimes more options by removing barriers that prevent or prolong their ability to leave an abusive relationship. ACCESS has partnered with the ISU Shelter Medicine Club to create Safe Haven for Paws this program will provide a safe place for the pets of individuals seeking assistance from ACCESS. Pets admitted into the program will receive routine veterinary care and be placed with a trained Safe Haven Foster Parent. Our volunteers will provide pets the love and security they need during their stay. While ACCESS provides the advocacy needed to aid in the healing of the individuals receiving services.
Making A Difference: ACCESS and Safe Haven for Paws will have a meaningful impact on survivors of violent crimes in the community. Offering a safe home for pets will eliminate an important obstacle due to fear for their pet’s safety. No one should be forced to choose between their pets’ safety and their own.
$20 donation feeds a Safe Haven for Paws cat for one month.
$40 donation feeds a Safe Haven for Paws dog for one month.
$60 donation buys full vaccinations and worming for a Safe Haven for Paws cat.
$75 donation supports ACCESS staff time coordinating the Safe Haven process
$100 donation buys full vaccinations and worming for a Safe Haven for Paws dog.
$200 donation buys crates and carriers for Safe Haven for Paws dogs and cats.
$350 donation buys spay/neuter surgery for 10 Safe Haven for Paws cats.
$500 donation buys spay/neuter surgery for 10 Safe Haven for Paws dogs.
$1,000 donation buys pet-supply kits for 20 Safe Haven for Paws Pet Foster Parents.
$8,000 donation buys emergency veterinary care for pets injured by abuse.