Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Help Build a Safe Space for Victims and Their Pets
"There was a lot that shelters offered, but I wouldn't go because I couldn't take my dog with me."
- Domestic Violence Survivor
Nearly 50% of pet owning women will delay leaving an abusive home because they are afraid for the lives of their pets. Victims shouldn't have to make the terrible choice between leaving to save themselves and their children and leaving their pets behind with an abusive partner. The solution? Create safe spaces where domestic violence victims, their children, and their pets can all go together.
"It’s more fearful than I could even imagine, what could happen to me out there with my dog. And he’s not able to protect me, anyway. I have to protect him."
While there are about 1,500 shelters for victims of domestic abuse in the United States, very few are able to accommodate animals. This leaves women in a position where they feel trapped - either remain in a situation that threatens themselves and their children, or leave their pets behind.
"I would rather be outside, and it’s scary out there - because I am a female."
That's where GreaterGood.org's Rescue Rebuild program comes in. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are reimagining shelters for women who are victims of abuse. Our goal is to renovate and transform existing domestic violence shelters to properly accommodate women and their pets. Together we can change the lives of women across the country by allowing them to bring their furry companions with them during this traumatic time.
You can help. Your donation today helps build a safe space for victims and their pets.
Rescue Rebuild is a program of GreaterGood.org whose mission is to provide aid to shelters in order to improve the lives of animals by participating in outreach trips, collecting supplies for shelters and educating the public on proper animal care.
GreaterGood.org has ultimate authority and discretion with regard to the distribution of its funds. All expenditures made are consistent with the exempt purposes of GreaterGood.org.