Domestic Violence Pet Haven: Pets Often Held Hostage in Abusive Situations
When you think of an abusive situation, you likely think of the people involved, a husband, wife, girlfriend, or the kids. But there’s often another victim stuck in the situation: the family pet. And that pet is often used as a weapon by the abuser.
That’s where Diane Sleszynski with Domestic Violence Pet Haven comes in. The Pet Haven is just that, a safe place where your pet can stay while a victim escapes an abusive situation.
Sleszynski added, “The abuser controls every bite of food that goes into the mouths of every member of his family, including the pets.”
Sleszynski shared her passion for pets comes in part from a personal experience,
“My father was not the most wonderful person either. He killed my cat and I witnessed it. And there’s nothing that a child can do to stop that and that helplessness will stay with you. And, you can either turn that around or become an abuser yourself or you can learn to do something else about it.”
If you’d like to make a donation to Domestic Violence Pet Haven, you can do so at domesticviolencepethaven.org.
If you need Pet Haven services:
Get to a safe place.
Call [no phone numbers allowed] for the nearest location of a Domestic Violence Shelter.
TAKE ALL YOUR PETS WITH YOU!
Be sure to tell shelter staff that you have a pet and that you need Pet Haven’s services. The shelter will arrange for Pet haven to pick up your pet 24/7.