Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.
During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
85% of women & 63% of children seeking shelter from domestic violence report animal abuse.
Up to 48% of victims will delay leaving their abusers due to concerns of what will happen to their pets when they leave
Abusers will often hurt, maim or even kill family pets as a form of control or coercion to keep the victim from leaving or to stay quiet about the abuse
Many DV shelters do not have the proper facilities to take in the pets of those seeking help, forcing them to risk leaving their animals behind or living in their cars until they find some place that will be able to take in both them and their animals.
Paws For Courage's mission is to provide a safe haven for these pets enabling those in domestic violence shelters to leave their abusers sooner; without the worry of leaving their pets behind. Our goal is to provide loving foster care for these pets until their owners are back on their feet and can be reunited with their pets.
We are looking for very special volunteer foster homes - previous experience with animal rescue/foster care preferred. Experience with DV a definite plus. All animal background experience welcome (breeds, cats, dogs, etc)
You will be required to fill out an application, provide references, and have a home visit/check done.
- Crisis Intervention
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training