Resources for survivors of domestic violence and their pets, veterinarians, domestic violence shelters and advocates.
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RedRover® + Purina Purple Leash Project grants, an extension of RedRover’s Safe Housing program, contribute to our goal of 25% of U.S. domestic violence shelters becoming pet-friendly by the end of 2025. Purple Leash Project grants, up to $20,000, are offered throughout the United States.
Applications are typically due on May 15 and October 15 of each year. However, in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring application period has been extended until June 30, 2020. Funding decisions will be made within 30 days of the application deadline.
To be eligible for a Purple Leash Project grant, applicants must be:
Before applying for a grant, organizations/agencies should:
Learn more and apply for a Purple Leash Project grant. Purple Leash Project grants will not be awarded for off-site boarding or housing, real estate acquisition, general operating costs or salaries.
If your shelter is not able to house pets on-site, learn more about alternative pet-friendly programs.
If your domestic violence shelter doesn’t qualify for a Purple Leash Project grant or is not selected to receive a grant, here are some other resources to help you transform your shelter into a pet-friendly space:
As a veterinarian, it’s important for you to understand the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.
Seventy-one percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported their abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets as revenge or to psychologically control their victims.
As you’re evaluating pets, look for signs of the following:
Behaviors to note in the owner include:
If you haven’t already done so, please reference our About page to learn about ways the Purple Leash Project is working to Take the Lead for victims of domestic violence.
Other ways you can get involved and be an advocate for victims of domestic violence and their pets: