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Creating Safe Havens for People & Pets

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, but when victims of abuse seek help, they’re often faced with an ultimatum: Stay in an unsafe situation to protect their pets or flee, leaving their pets in danger. Here are some sobering statistics about domestic violence and pets in the United States.

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Up to 48% of pet parents in abusive relationships ultimately stay to protect their pet.*
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More than 70% of women report their pets are threatened, harmed or killed by abusers.*
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Of the 3,000 domestic violence shelters in the U.S., less than 3% are considered pet friendly.**
*(http://urinyc.org/uri-teams-up-with-aspca)
**(https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-reports-and-rankings/domestic-violence-service-score-by-state)
Supporting Domestic Violence Shelters Nationwide

The lack of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters in the U.S. creates a significant barrier to victims seeking help. Purina is working to break down this barrier by supporting programs that make it possible for victims to bring their pets with them. Purina has played an instrumental role in the nation’s first entirely pet-friendly domestic violence shelter and creating more pet-friendly women’s shelters.

Keeping Victims & Pets Together

The URIPALS program keeps victims and pets at NYC-area domestic violence shelters together. Purina supports the URIPALS program by providing essential supplies and resources.

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Nation’s First EntirelyPet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter Opens in NYC
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Purina’s Local Impact on Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters
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Make Your Voice Heard in Support of PAWS

Purina is proud to join a coalition of organizations in support
of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, to include family
pets in federal laws and protection orders.