a young woman and her German Shepherd dog are laying outside in the grass, and she is lovingly hugging and kissing him. VIntage style color.
Remember watching the news and seeing people evacuated from their storm-threatened homes and forced to leave their pets behind? Battered women leaving their homes to escape an abuser face the same dilemma. Yes, it’s true. To stay safe, women are sometimes forced to make the difficult decision to abandon their pet or pets. I have never given this issue any thought until I did research on domestic abuse for my new novel, CRUZ CONTROL. I came across an article about a program to provide kennels at a women’s shelter.
According to current statistics 65% of women refuse to leave an abuser because they do not want to abandon their pets. Here’s the scary thing: 71% of women at a shelter say an abuser has injured, maimed, or killed their pet in revenge. A pet is used as a control mechanism to force the person to stay or to come back.
If you can put yourself in the shoes of these women, I think you too will find it very hard to leave your animal behind. Our dogs and cats are like a member of our family.
Learn more about shelters providing kennels and financial aid at: Redrover.org and Alliephillips.com. The program is called SAF-T (Shelter Animals & Families Together)
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