|Pets in Crisis
Every year thousands of women are victims of domestic violence. Current statistics indicate that 2/3 of women refuse to leave, or delay leaving, a home where they are being abused because of the pet that they will have to leave
behind. These pets are an important source of stability and comfort for victims of domestic violence. Often after the victim has left, the pet becomes a new target for violence, usually as a means of continuing to control the victim. Thanks to a concerned veterinarian, the YWCA can now offer assistance to victims of domestic violence to leave an abusive relationship and provide safety for their pets as well.
While attending a veterinary educational conference, a local veterinarian learned about the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. She came up with the idea of forming a foster network for pets that live in homes where domestic abuse is occurring.
Our goal is to provide a safe and clean home for the pets of women that have decided to leave their home because of domestic violence. This is a temporary home until the owner can provide other living arrangements for herself
and her pet. Confidentiality for both the pet owner and foster home is always protected. The home that cares for the pet will never know the name or location of the shelter where the owner is staying. Visitation with your pet while it is
in foster care may be available on a case-by-case basis, but will be conducted in a separate location to ensure confidentiality and safety. Owners are always in control of what happens to their pet; likewise, the owner is still responsible for
any medical costs that may arise during the foster program. Owners will be advised at all times of any changes in a pet’s health.
Pets in Crisis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization separate from the YWCA Wichita. Donations for Pets In Crisis should be sent to:
Pets in Crisis
PO Box 48305
Wichita, KS 67201