Many of us consider our pets to be members of our family — and survivors of domestic violence are no different.
Sadly, 71% of domestic violence victims report that their abuser has threatened, harmed, or even killed their pets as a way to exert power and control. Concern about their four-legged family members often keeps victims in abusive and dangerous situations. In fact, up to 56% of domestic violence victims have reported that the concern for their pets safety have delayed their leaving the abusive situation.
To better protect survivors of all species in our community, we have created the Animal Advocacy Program at Palomar. We provide temporary foster homes for animals escaping domestic violence. Our foster parents allow our human survivors to focus on their needs and finding a safe home until they can bring their entire family back together.