Through Partnership Peace House Locates Safe Shelter for Pets of Domestic Violence VictimsPurple Paw Project is a Partnership between Peace House and Friends of Animals Utah
Statistics reveal a strong correlation between domestic abuse and animal abuse. According to the ASPCA:
* Up to 48% of abused women and their children delay leaving violent situations for fear of what might happen to their pets.
* Women who do seek safety at shelters are nearly 11 times more likely to report their partner has hurt or killed their pets than women who have not experienced domestic abuse.
* A study of women seeking temporary “safe haven” shows that 71% of those with companion animals reported that their partners had threatened, hurt or killed their animals. It is well-documented that many abuse victims do not seek help at a shelter because they fear for the safety of the pets they must leave behind.
* Victims who opt to flee with their pets can find themselves at a domestic violence shelter that is unable to accept the animals, forcing a choice between leaving pets with friends and family (possibly endangering pets and humans alike) or relinquishing them to an animal shelter where they could be adopted or possibly euthanized.
By license Peace House cannot allow shelter residents to bring their pets. In a unique arrangement between Peace House and Friends of Animals Utah, The Purple Paw Project provides temporary shelter for the pets of victims of domestic violence.
For more information on the Purple Paw Project, contact Peace House at (800) 647-9161 or Friends of Animals Utah (435) 649-5441.