Emergency Pet Shelter
Leaving behind a pet in a domestic violence situation is a no-go for many survivors.
Survivors will sometimes stay because they can’t bear the thought of what may happen to their animal. But that cycle of hopelessness can end in the Culpeper area.
Thanks to a series of grants from Purina, the nonprofit RedRover, and the Tracy Webb Foundation. people escaping violence in the home can also take their pets. New emergency housing especially for animals makes that possible.
We can host a limited number of pets, based on availability and resources. Please contact us for more information.
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Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act
Reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, this bipartisan bill criminalizes the intentional targeting of a domestic partner’s pet
with the intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate.
It also establishes a federal grant program to help victims safely house their pets, and adds veterinary care to the list of costs that victims can recover. Additionally, the PAWS Act strongly asserts the need for states to expand their legal protections for the pets of domestic violence victims.
To date, more than half of U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have taken similar legislative action to protect the pets of domestic violence victims, but no federal legislation has addressed this issue before now. The federal protections offered by the PAWS Act will help victims and their pets escape abusive environments and seek the safety and shelter they need, across state lines if necessary.
Encourage your representative to join the nation’s leading domestic violence and animal welfare advocates in supporting the PAWS Act. As is true in many instances, when we protect pets, we protect people.