Animal welfare organization RedRover has announced the launch of a new program that will help animal victims of domestic violence.
In situations of domestic violence, dogs and cats are also victims. RedRover is launching an extension to its Relief Safe Housing program, which will allow animal shelters and rescue organizations to create onsite housing for animal victims of domestic violence. Grants of up to $20,000 each are being offered to organizations throughout the US, and may be used to build additional space to house animals in a private area.
According to research conducted by Dr. Frank Ascione, as many as 71% of female animal parents entering domestic violence shelters report that their abusers injured, killed or threatened family animals. Additionally, up to 48% reported that they delayed leaving their abusers because they feared what would happen to their animals.