Keeping Domestic Violence Survivors and Their Pets Safe

Our Keep Me Safe Program Helps Save The Lives Of Domestic Violence Survivors And Their Pets

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women have been a victim of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Since family pets are a source of comfort, abusers often use them to further manipulate and control their victims.

A study found that up to 65% of domestic violence victims will delay leaving an abusive partner if there is no safe haven available for their pets.

Unfortunately, most shelters don’t have the resources to allow animals into their programs, forcing women to make the impossible choice between their own safety or the safety of their beloved pet.

We believe women shouldn’t have to make that choice.

With our Keep Me Safe program, we work with local domestic violence agencies to ensure that any woman seeking protection for herself and her family has a safe, dependable, confidential place for her pets to go too while she gets back on her feet.

Since starting the Keep Me Safe program in the summer of 2016, we’ve provided a safe respite for dozens of animals. One case was so extreme that the woman was found by a neighbor hours after the attack. She had been so severely injured that she hadn’t been able to call for help. After spending several days in the hospital, she was transferred to a shelter that knew to call us.

With her animals in a loving foster home, she was able to focus on her recovery, knowing they were safe until she was ready to be reunited with them.

Brother Wolf takes confidentially seriously with Keep Me Safe cases, understanding that the lives of the women and animals involved may depend on it. Keep Me Safe animals are kept out of the public’s eye with long-term fosters who have received special training. To date, we have 19 loving foster homes involved with this program, ready to step in at a moment’s notice to care for the animals of domestic abuse survivors.

Through our Keep Me Safe program, we’re able to board animals in our foster homes for several months. During that time, we take care of all medical care such as spaying/neutering, vaccines, blood testing, microchipping, flea and tick treatments, deworming, and emergencies. This program, which is lifesaving for both animals and their humans, isn’t cheap. On average, food, boarding, and medical expenses add up to about $1,000 per animal during their stay with us.

It’s a small price to pay to be able to play a part in the purrs, wags, and happy tears of the eventual reunion between a woman and her animals.

If you are in an abusive relationship, know that you’re not alone. There are agencies in our community who are eager and ready to help you and your loved ones (both human and otherwise) escape to safety. For a list of the agencies we partner with for the Keep Me Safe program, email Brother Wolf’s President Denise Bitz at denise@bwar.org.

 

 

HERE ARE 3 EASY WAYS TO HELP ANIMALS IN OUR COMMUNITY:

  1. DONATE – Donations help us feed, board, and provide medical care to the 500+ animals throughout the adoption center and in foster homes. Visit our Amazon Wishlist to shop for items that can be shipped right to our door or become a member of the Compassionate Circle by making a recurring monetary donation.
  2. VOLUNTEER or FOSTER – Volunteers and fosters are Brother Wolf’s backbone. Do you have an hour to walk dogs or fold laundry? Do you want to learn to trap feral cats with our Community Cat Program? Are you a social butterfly who can help at one of our weekly adoption events? Do you have space in your home and heart for a temporary foster animal? Click here to learn more and sign up!
  3. SHAREShare this story with your friends and family on social media to help spread Brother Wolf’s message of uncompromised compassion.

 

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