What Can Animal Shelters and Humane Organizations Do?
- Reach out to local domestic violence shelters and establish programs for emergency housing of pets from homes with domestic violence
- If no space is available, work with animal foster care agencies to establish a network of homes that might provide emergency care for these pets
- Incorporate information on these connections in school programs, particularly those that might reach children at risk of family violence
- Animal shelters and other animal welfare groups can partner with domestic violence shelters to provide homes for companion animals. Animal shelters can also partner with local law enforcement agencies to provide training on how to recognize animal abuse. Shelters can also retrieve pets from abusive homes at the request of law enforcement. Animal groups can publicize the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence and distribute information on the signs of animal abuse.