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Domestic Violence Pet Sheltering
Animals are also victims in domestic violence situations.
Animals are also victims in domestic violence situations.

Emergency housing is provided for pets of victims of domestic violence. This program is in collaboration with the YWCA of Kalamazoo Domestic Assault Program. Victims must be referred through this program in order to qualify. If you feel you may qualify for this program, please contact a staff member of the YWCA Domestic Assault Program at (269) 385-2869.

For more information about the link between animal abuse and domestic violence, please visit the following sites:

Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse | A Proven Connection
  • Nearly three-quarters of pet-owning battered women entering shelters report threats or actual violence toward their animals too.
  • The FBI sees animal cruelty as a predictor of violence and considers animal abuse when profiling serial killers.
  • More than 80 percent of families in treatment for child abuse were also involved in animal abuse.
  • A survey of the country's 50 largest shelters for battered women found 85 percent of women and 63 percent of children entering the shelters reported pet abuse in the family.
  • One study found that 70 percent of animal abusers have also committed at least one other criminal offense; 40 percent had committed violent crimes against people.
  • That same study tracked animal abusers for two decades and found those who abused animals in their youth were five times more likely to commit violent crimes.
  • And study after study shows that children in abusive homes tend to become pet abusers themselves - proof that the abusive cycle is passed from one generation to the next.

    Originally published in the Fayetteville (NC) Observer in 2007