Purple Leash Project Resources

Resources for Domestic Violence and Pets

Resources for victims of domestic violence and their pets, veterinarians, domestic violence shelters and advocates.  


For Help, Call the Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Resources for Domestic Abuse Victims & Survivors

If you or someone you know is being abused, call the Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-7233 (SAFE).  

You can also visit their website for more resources and support.  

To find a pet-friendly domestic violence shelter near you, visit Safe Place for Pets

Resources for Veterinarians


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:  

  • Unexplained, repetitive injuries 
  • Evidence of rib injuries 
  • Low weight or low body condition score 
  • Unexplained bruising, burns, stab wounds or poisoning 
  • Fractures, especially multiple fractures or those occurring on multiple areas of the body or in different stages of healing 
  • Neck wounds or an ingrown collar 
  • Gunshot wounds 
  • Display of fear of owner or people in general

Behaviors to note in the owner include:  

  • History presented by owner is inconsistent with nature of injuries 
  • Lack of concern or indifference 
  • Consistent failure to follow up on treatment  
  • Unexplained delay in seeking medical attention 
  • Argumentative or aggressive 
  • Other family members appear intimidated, apprehensive or deferential 


Both the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offer guidelines around reporting animal abuse.  

Advocates for Victims of Domestic Abuse


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:  

Resources for Domestic Violence Shelters


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: