Resources for victims of domestic violence and their pets, veterinarians, domestic violence shelters and advocates.
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 Take the Lead page for simple ways you can help us raise awareness about this critical issue.
Other ways you can get involved and be an advocate for victims of domestic abuse and their pets:
Purina has committed over $500,000 through 2022 for the Purple Leash Project grants. These grants provide funding and resources to domestic violence shelters wishing to become safe spaces for survivors with pets. Grants will be awarded on a biannual basis.
Apply for a Purple Leash Project grant here.
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: