Domestic Violence Hurts Dogs
Excerpts from magazine articles

"National studies reveal that nearly 70 percent of all domestic violence victims report their pets have been threatened, hurt, or killed by the abuser...

"Approximately one in four victims reports a delay in leaving dangerous situations due to concerns for a pet.

"So, why doesn't the victim just take the dog and flee? Victims can find refuge at domestic violence shelters, but pets often cannot. Of the estimated 2,000 domestic abuse shelters in the country, few accept dogs...

"In 1993, Janice Sojka, DVM, an associate professor at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Ind., helped organize a student organization called PetSage. It works with local agencies to house pets from abusive situations...

"Oklahoma State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has a similar program...

"Feminists for Animal Rights' Companion Animal Rescue Effort helps individuals and organizations establish networks of save places for pets. [C.A.R.E.].

"The Humane Society... encourages the partnering of domestic abuse shelters and animal shelters, facilitating the creation of Safe Haven programs in many states"(Fogle, Jean M. "Domestic Violence Hurts Dogs, Too." Dog Fancy, April 2003, p.12).


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