There is a strong link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. In a Women’s Shelter Survey conducted by the Ontario SPCA, easily more than half of the victims who responded had pets that were harmed or killed by their abuser. Knowing the threat to their pets, victims of abuse often delay leaving an abusive relationship because they are afraid to leave their pets behind. There are a few things to keep in mind to help keep your pet(s) safe:
- If your pet has been threatened, consider asking a friend or family member to care for it temporarily.
- Keep your vet bills and licence handy for proof of vaccination and ownership.
- Contact the Kingston Human Society (613-546-1291) or the Ontario SPCA Provincial Office (1-888-668-7722) for support.