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Local safe havens for animals of domestic violence victims

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and pets are often not thought of when speaking about this matter.

There are about 1,200 safe havens for pets of survivors of domestic violence within the U.S.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71% of victims of domestic violence dwelling in shelters report their abuser threatened, harmed or killed their pet as a option to management them.

Nearly half of abuse victims keep of their scenario as a result of they don’t need to go away their pets behind.

“They feel like there’s nowhere that their pets can go with them, and so they feel that they’re forced to stay in an abusive situation in order to protect their pets,” stated Tara Bjornson, the assistant director of the Dometic Violence Crisis Center.

Bjornson stated threats towards pets often escalate to violence towards them.

“It’s a very effective way to get compliance in a household because your pets are dependent on you and their family,” stated Bjornson.

The DVCC in Minot affords a room that enables pets for individuals fleeing abusive conditions.

If the room that enables pets is in use on the non permanent housing, the pets are referred to the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.

Executive Director Shelbi Waters says that it’s safe to say that pets that come from abusive properties additionally battle with these dangerous conditions.

“Pets coming in who have been in abusive situation where they have seen their owners essentially abused in a domestic situation, they come in with significant behavioral issues,” stated Waters. “There’s never been a pet that has come in without those behavior issues.”

These pets are separated from the opposite animals within the shelter to make their atmosphere much less traumatic.

The non-public rooms had been funded with grants from Red Rover, a corporation that goals to carry animals from disaster to care.

Waters stated that the shelter is nationally acknowledged for its domestic violence program.

“We now mentor other facilities to replicate our program so we have mentored people in Hawaii, and in Arkansas, and in Michigan,” stated Waters.

Waters stated the aim is to reunite pets and their homeowners.

“Once they’re in our care, we provide for them medically, physically, anything that they might need and we house them until the owner or the survivor, is back on their feet,” stated Waters.

Bjornson desires individuals to know they aren’t alone and to hunt assist in the event that they’re experiencing abuse.

“If somebody is threatening your animal in a way to keep control of you, that’s not okay and there is, there are places for you to go,” stated Bjornson. “Just give us a call, we’re here.”

A message for individuals and pet homeowners in all places who could also be struggling in silence.

If you or somebody is experiencing domestic violence, name the DVCC at 701-852-2258.

For extra info, head to their web site.