In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the AKC® Humane Fund has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to support domestic violence shelters that need the financial means to accept victims and their pets.
- Did you know that in a nationwide study, more than 71 percent of battered women reported that their abusers had harmed, killed or threatened animals?
- And did you know that between 71 and 85 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters have reported that their partner had threatened, injured or killed the family pet?
- Did you also know that twelve independent surveys have reported that between 18 and 48 percent of battered women have delayed their decision to leave their batterer, or have returned to their batterer, out of fear for the welfare of their pets?
“We, at the AKC Humane Fund, believe that victims of domestic violence should always be able to find a safe haven with their pet,” said Doug Ljungren, President and CEO of the AKC Humane Fund. “It is important to assist shelters in being able to accept pets and let victims know that when it comes to their safety, it does not have to be a choice.”
Each donation made to the AKC Humane Fund is tax deductible. Gifts of $1000 or more will be recognized with a plaque on the Founding Members wall located at The American Kennel Club Headquarters in New York City. Contributions may also honor a family member, friend or dog.
To learn more about the campaign, please go to www.akc.org/humanefund/