October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the need for resources for domestic abuse survivors remains, including the need for more pet-friendly shelters.
A recent report found a fear for the welfare of pets often keeps survivors from leaving their abusers. Only 3% of U.S. domestic violence shelters provide co-living options for survivors and pets, and a large number of survivors won’t seek shelter if they can’t take pets with them.
While many are isolated from family and friends, their pets often become a primary source of emotional support and companionship, also making pets a target for abuse.
– Laura Cubbage, 360 Media, Inc.