Safer Pets

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Many women at risk of domestic abuse are reluctant to leave their home and seek help at a women’s shelter if it means leaving their pet behind with the abuser.

  • 48% of surveyed Ontario women who had left their abusive partner said that their pets delayed their decision to leave an abusive partner.
  • 61% of surveyed Ontario women who had left their abusive partner stated that their partners had brutalized or killed a pet.

(OSPCA 1998)

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