Continuing to support women in crisis
SafePet Ottawa helps women who are leaving domestic violence for a shelter by taking care of their pets. Some women may not leave an abusive relationship for fear of what may happen to the pet if she left without it, and most if not all shelters do not have the resources to take in and care for household pets.
A study published by the University of Windsor last year found that animal abuse was present in 89% of homes where women were the victims of domestic violence. Women frequently stay with abusive partners longer, and return to them sooner, when there is a pet who is in danger. It’s an aspect of domestic violence that isn’t often considered, but makes a huge impact on the women and their families.
This year’s event isn’t until November, but we’ve already said we’re on board again, and we hope you’ll consider it, too.
In the meantime, if you’d like to volunteer, donate, or foster an animal escaping an abusive home, click here for more information.
This is one of those very worthy causes – it’s worth knowing more about.