Ahimsa House

Ahimsa House

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Ahimsa House

History: Pets can also be victims in domestic abuse situations. The founder of Ahimsa House fled to a women's shelter with her cat after a violent domestic situation in her home, but was devastated to find out her cat was not allowed. She started Ahimsa House in 2004 so victims can have a place where their pets can stay and receive love and care while they seek safety.

Did you know: A startling 71% of victims in domestic violence shelters report that their abusers have harmed or threatened to harm their pets. And 48% said they would delay seeking safe shelter out of concern for their pets. All services at Ahimsa House are free, including placement in a foster home or shelter, pet transportation, well visits, vaccinations, supplies and food.

Its motto: Nobody should have to choose between their safety and that of their pet.

How you can help: Foster a cat, dog or another animal in need. Other ways to help include pet transportation, answering the 24-hour crisis hotline, donating items from their Amazon wish list or making a monetary donation.

To learn more: Visit ahimsahouse.org or email info@ahimsahouse.org.