FVPS, The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter is counting on your donation to help fund a new pet shelter at our emergency facility. Domestic violence is an insidious assault against individuals and families, leaving generations of victims trapped in trauma if help is not found. They leave behind the roof over their heads, their prized possessions, their clothing, and relationships all in order to save their lives; to begin to learn how to build skills in self-sufficiency. One thing many victims refuse to leave behind is their pet. They fear what can happen and are unwilling to abandon their pet to possibly be a victim of violence or be killed while they escape.
Up to 65% of domestic violence victims will delay or refuse to leave an abusive home out of fear of leaving their pets behind.
Less than 3% of domestic violence shelters across the country provide sheltering for the family pets.
With your help, FVPS will build a 3,500 sq. ft. pet shelter. The pet shelter will include two family pet rooms, one catering to dogs and the other to cats, two dog runs, a play yard and a catio. The pet family rooms will allow the shelter clients to visit and interact with their beloved pets. Victims will be integral to the care of their pets and the pets in turn, will play an integral role in the healing process. We will:
Remove barriers for victims to get to safety
Protect pets from the abuser
Integrate pets into the healing process for victims seeking safety
The pet shelter is designed to provide temporary, emergency protection for dogs and cats of individuals and families seeking refuge from domestic violence, keeping families together on their road to healing. With your help, we will build a safe haven.
GIVE TODAY, help FVPS, The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter make this a reality for the victims of Domestic Violence who may otherwise stay in an abusive situation to avoid being separated from their beloved pet.