Pet foster care available for victims of domestic abuse

Pet foster care available for victims of domestic abuse

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's a correlation that often isn't recognized - domestic and animal abuse. To kick off Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, the Center for Women and Families unveiled its new dog and cat care facility.

There are many reasons why victims choose to stay in a violent home, not wanting to leave their pets behind is one of them. But, the Center for Women and Families is hoping to remove that barrier.

A donation of $100,00 from the Sam Swope Family Foundation helped build two rooms to help care for victim's cats and dogs. Last year, the center helped more than 7,000 victims at no cost. But, the fight isn't over. Louisville Metro Police Department reporters its 88th homicide of this year, happening this past weekend, occurred amid domestic violence. Totaling 11 domestic violence homicides for the entire year, doubling last year's number.

Animal abuse is often the first signs that a domestic abuse is nearby.

"Women that entered domestic violence shelters often report that their pet or their pets have been injured, killed or at least those threats have been made in an attempt to try to retaliate against them for taking some action and getting out of the situation," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said.

The Kentucky Humane Society is partnering with the Center for Women and Families to help find foster homes for cats and dogs while women are working to find permanent homes for themselves and their pets.

Help for domestic violence victims is available today. For more information about the Center for Women and Families, click here.

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