Animal Cruelty & Domestic Violence

In recent years, a strong correlation linking animal abuse and domestic violence has been documented. National studies have shown that up to 80% of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened their pet.


  • To demonstrate power and control
  • To isolate the victim and children
  • To perpetuate an environment of fear
  • To prevent the victim from leaving or coerce her to return
  • To punish for leaving or showing independence

This content is adapted from the ASPCA.

Don’t leave your pet behind:

  • We have a donor who has provided special funding for pet care, boarding, and any expenses related to your animal.
  • We will help you find a safe place for your pet to stay until you get into your own home.

Safety Planning with your Pet:

  • If planning to stay:
    • keep emergency provisions in case abuser withholds money
    • keep phone number of nearest 24 hr vet clinic
    • establish ownership with a paper trail (obtain city license, vet records in your name)

    If planning to leave:

    • Obtain safe shelter for pet (vet, friend, family member, shelter if applicable)
    • Pack bag for pet including: food, meds, documents of ownership (adoption or purchase of pet, city license), health documents (vaccine records), leash, id and rabies tag, carrier, toys, bedding


    If you must leave without your pet, remember to leave food, fresh bedding, litter, etc.


    If you’re in hiding:

    • Keep pets indoors (if possible)
    • Don’t let pets outside alone
    • Pick a safe time and route to walk pet
    • Don’t exercise/walk pet alone
    • Change your vet
    • If your pet has gps in collar, do not take with you