Find a Domestic Abuse Shelter for You and Your Pet

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One in three women and one in four men experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetimes, but only 15% of domestic violence shelters accept pets. In addition, over 70% of women in domestic violence shelters report their abuser threatened, injured or killed a pet. As a result, nearly half of domestic abuse survivors delay leaving because they do not have a place that will accept both them and their pets.

Purina recognized that victims may not leave their abusive situation because of threats to their pets. They are doing something about it by funding the Purple Leash Project.

If you are looking for a safe escape from your domestic abuse situation, for you and your pet, find a shelter at the Safe Place for Pets website:

Humane Rescue Alliance also offers 24/7 help for victims of domestic violence who are concerned about the safety of their pets. Phone: 202-723-5730, and website

You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233, website

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Mark Streich

Mark is one of the cofounders of SquareFairy, dedicated to helping struggling couples move forward, so they can rediscover the joy in their lives.