Pets can help abused women, men
and children heal, but only if pet-friendly
domestic violence shelters exist.
Pets and people have a strong bond. So strong that almost half of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations rather than leave their pets. Watch this short video for some more sobering statistics on domestic abuse and pets in the United States.
The lack of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters in the U.S. creates a significant barrier to victims seeking help. Purina is partnering with RedRover to help break down this barrier with a goal of bringing at least one pet-friendly domestic violence shelter to every state. Join RedRover + Purina in helping people and pets escape together.
RedRover and Purina have partnered to create the Purple Leash Project. This grant program will provide funding and resources to domestic violence shelters who wish to accept both survivors and their pets. The purple leash symbolizes both domestic violence awareness and the unbreakable bond between pets and their owners.
To help improve protections for victims of domestic violence and their pets, Purina joined the PAWS ACT Coalition. This group of non-profit and for-profit organizations advocated for and supported the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. The Act passed on December 20, 2018, bringing essential protections and services to domestic violence victims at the federal level.
Purina also worked with Urban Resource Institute in New York City to open the nation’s first entirely pet-friendly domestic violence shelter. Volunteers from Purina helped Lydia House, a St. Louis women’s shelter, welcome more pets as well.
If you’re as passionate about keeping people and pets together as we are, donate to RedRover today. Your donation will help us achieve the goal of bringing one or more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters to every state.