PAWS Law Coalition Praises Grant Funding to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence, Pets

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Press Release: PAWS Act Coalition

The Pet and Women Law Enforcement (PAWS) Coalition recently celebrated the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, which for the third year in a row includes funding for a major grant program designed to enable more domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly so domestic violence victims and their pets can seek safe haven together. The $3 million appropriated for 2022 represents a $500,000 increase in funding from 2021, up to the fully authorized amount, and comes three years after the bipartisan passage of the Pets and Women Safety Act (PAWS), as part of the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Congressional funding for the PAWS Act, along with support from the private sector, has a direct result in more survivors of domestic abuse and their pets being able to safely enter the shelter and begin the next chapter of their lives together,” he said. Nina Leigh Krueger, CEO and President of Purina. “Through Purina’s partnership with RedRover on the Purple Leash Project, we have set a national goal to help ensure that at least 25 percent of US domestic violence shelters are pet-friendly by 2025. Full funding from the PAWS Act keeps this goal within reach.”

Demand for the Emergency Transitional Pet Shelter Housing and Assistance Grant Program has continually outstripped funding available for the program, leading to bipartisan calls to further increase funding in 2022. The PAWS Act Coalition honors the bipartisan efforts of 204 Representatives, led by Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA-5) and 43 Senators, led by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Gary Peters (D-MI), for applying for this funding critical for fiscal year 2022.

Domestic violence shelters across the US will be eligible to apply for grants online in the coming months, and additional details about the process will be provided by the US Department of Justice, which administers the grant program. of request. This continued funding follows the success of the Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 Transitional Pet Shelter Emergency Housing and Assistance Grant Programs, which awarded approximately $2 million to six organizations in six states across the country in 2020 and a total of $2.42 million to five organizations in 2021 Future grants will provide emergency and transitional shelter and housing assistance or short-term shelter and housing assistance for victims of domestic violence with pets, service animals, emotional support animals or horses. Grants awarded may also be used for programs that provide supportive services designed to enable someone fleeing domestic violence to find and obtain safe housing with their pet, safe housing for their pet, or related services such as transportation and other assistance.

“The PAWS Law Coalition looks forward to working with the US Department of Justice to raise awareness of this grant program so that more eligible organizations and programs can access this funding,” said Steven Feldman, president of Human Animal Bond Research. Institute (HABRI). “We are encouraged to see funding for this program increase to its fully authorized amount of $3 million, reflecting the reality that people need to seek safety and overcome trauma with pets by their side.”

Organizations in the PAWS Act coalition include:

• Purina (Nestle Purina PetCare)

• Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)

• Noah’s Animal House

• Pet Partners

• Red Rover

• Urban Resources Institute (URI)

Two of these organizations, Noah’s Animal House and the Urban Resource Institute, are part of less than 20 percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide that actively offer co-shelter services to keep both pets and their owners away. of the dangers of domestic abuse. Together, these two amazing organizations have saved more than 2,500 pets from abusive conditions, so that no survivor of domestic violence is forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and leaving their pet with their abuser.

did you know

• Nearly half (up to 48 percent) of domestic violence victims remain with an abuser out of fear for the safety of their pets.

• According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.774 million women in the United States experience physical violence from an intimate partner each year.

• Most domestic violence situations involve pets in the home, and 85 percent of women residing in domestic violence shelters reported that their abuser hurt a pet.

• A growing body of science has shown a link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. An emotional support outlet for victims, the family pet often becomes a target of physical abuse.

“Since the launch of our groundbreaking People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program in 2013, we have experienced tremendous growth in our capacity and trauma-informed programming to provide survivors of domestic abuse with a safe place to live and heal together with your pets. said Nathaniel M. Fields, executive director of the Urban Resource Institute. “Our PALS Report and Survey on Pets and Domestic Violence: Breaking Barriers to Safety and Healing found that 50 percent will not leave a dangerous situation without their pets, and 72 percent were unaware that some shelters accept pets. As dedicated members of the coalition, we are encouraged by the continuation of the PAWS Act grant program to provide more resources to domestic violence service providers across the country who are adopting pet-friendly options.”

“Since 2007, Noah’s Animal House has protected more than 2,100 pets during more than 110,000 rooming nights, serving clients from more than 33 US states, as well as our home state of Nevada. The women drove thousands of miles from Florida, Oklahoma, Maine, Texas and others, passing through other women’s shelters in every state for one reason: their pet had to be included in their escape plan,” said Staci Columbo Alonso, founder of Noah’s Animal. House. “With the PAWS Act grant program entering its third year, we hope to see more resources allocated to shelters and organizations across the country so that survivors of domestic violence don’t have to travel far to find a safe haven with their pets. company”.

“In support of the PAWS Act Coalition, Pet Partners grassroots advocates made their voices heard during every step of the legislative process: recruiting key co-sponsors in the Senate, supporting passage of the Senate Farm Bill, targeting members of the Conference Committee and build support in communities across the country. Thanks to their continued efforts, thousands of constituent messages, tweets, and phone calls were sent to Congress emphasizing the importance of these provisions. Pet Partners is grateful for their actions that will help pets and people stay together in traumatic situations, when they are needed most,” said Annie Peters, CEO of Pet Partners. “Since 2007, RedRover has awarded more than $3 million in grants to help domestic violence survivors and their pets escape abusers,” said RedRover CEO and President Nicole Forsyth. “We are thrilled that the PAWS Act grant program will continue with increased funding and resources to enable more survivors and their pets to seek safety together and begin their healing journey.”