A study released by the Alberta SPCA in November 2012 revealed that 59% of pet-owning women in emergency shelters delayed leaving the abusive environment out of concern for their pets. In 36% of the cases, animals were threatened by the abuser – and 85% of those threats were carried out. Interviews with victims show how difficult it can be for women with pets or livestock to leave a violent relationship, and how the animals suffer as an abuser controls the victims by threatening or harming the animals.
In addition, children often witness the animal cruelty – and in half of the situations it’s the child’s own pet that is threatened or harmed.
Tim will share how the Alberta SPCA and their partners are addressing this important issue, and how you can help. You can visit http://www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com/ideas/pet-safekeeping-for-domestic-violence-victims/ to find out more, or Alberta SPCA at http://www.albertaspca.org/
Charmaine will also share some exciting news about musician Justin Hines’ Vehicle for Change Tour that Team Toby is organizing in Edmonton Sept 8. To find out more visithttp://www.theoriginalteamtoby.com