Domestic Violence and Pets

There is a clear and established link between animal cruelty and human violence. This webinar will focus on implications for pets in the context of domestic violence. This is important since studies have shown that 48% of domestic violence victims delay leaving or remain in abusive situations because of their pets.  Yet fewer than 10% of domestic violence shelters house pets and almost half of all victim/survivors do not want to be separated from their pets. During this webinar we will discuss advocacy, safety planning, resources, model policies for co-sheltering and review legal protections for animals.

Facilitator: Gwendolyn Packard, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, NIWRC

Guest Speaker: Allie Phillips, Attorney, Author, Advocate and Educator. Founder and CEO, Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®, Co-Creator, Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK), 2018 Trailblazer award recipient, 2015 America’s Top Animal Defender recipient, Award-winning author of “Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets and How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure”