PetSet, a Houston-based nonprofit, has launched Pet Protect, a free pet boarding initiative for domestic violence survivors.
The initiative aims to create an opportunity for individuals to escape dangerous environments safely without having to leave their pets behind.
âSince the stay home and work safe order was promulgated, we have seen an increase in reports of domestic violence,â said Tama Lundquist, Houston PetSet co-chair. âUnfortunately, we know that often an abuser will use a pet as leverage to keep their victim at home. We hope that by launching the Pet Protect program, survivors will have peace of mind knowing that they can escape safely with their pets, and their companion will be cared for until the survivor can make his next transition in life.
Houston PetSet has partnered with Westbury Veterinary Hospital offer pet boarding when survivors of domestic violence are considering leaving their situation.
Individuals can board their pets before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, as well as weekends and public holidays.
“We have heard from victim advocates that in some cases individuals are unable to leave their abuser during ‘off-peak’ hours because they have no place to bring their pets safely,” Dr Jonathan Cooper, partner of Westbury Animal Hospital. noted. “We want anyone interested in fleeing their situation to be able to do so at any time of the day or week.”
Houston Dog Ranch is also in partnership with Houston PetSet, offering pet boarding to survivors free of charge for over 30 days.
“Too often, it is not only innocent people who are abused, but their pets are also abused,” said Matt Bryant, owner of the Houston Dog Ranch. âWe believe domestic violence survivors deserve to know that their beloved pets are safe, well cared for, and receiving the behavioral training necessary to recover from their experiences. “
Houston PetSet is currently working with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and the Houston Area Women’s Center to provide Pet Protect to survivors with pets. .
If you or someone you know needs this service, visit houstonpetset.org/pet-protect for more information.
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