HABRI is proud to announce that language from the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act has been included as part of the just-passed Farm Bill. This new law establishes a grant program to provide funding for domestic violence shelters for programs and services that help domestic violence survivors seeking safe shelter or transportation for or with their pets.
Victims of domestic violence who own pets say they would not leave a dangerous situation unless they could also get their pets out of harm’s way. Yet, fewer than 3% of domestic violence shelters are equipped to accommodate pets. This Federal program will help increase the availability of shelters who can take-in or provide assistance for the pets of survivors.
The passage of this legislation would not have been possible without the PAWS Act Coalition, and the many companies, organizations and individuals that support HABRI, who wrote letters to their Members of Congress, attended meetings, made phone calls, and provided grassroots support for this lifesaving bill. A pillar of HABRI’s mission is to strengthen the human-animal bond by supporting pet-friendly policies, and the success of this legislation is a great example of what can happen when the pet care community joins forces with this common purpose.
Executive Director, HABRI