Help Keep This Holiday Season Safe for Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Pets

Atlanta, GA, December 02, 2013 --( The holiday season has arrived and it can be a very stressful time for many people as they prepare for all the festivities and for visits from family and friends. It can be especially stressful for people in abusive situations and for those trying to escape their abuser(s). Many people are not aware that pets are victims of domestic violence too. Many victims who have fled reported their pet was threatened, harmed or killed by their abuser and report they delayed seeking safety out of concern for their pet. The majority of domestic violence shelters in the United States are unable to care for the pet(s) of people who use their services.

Ahimsa House wants to make sure that the well-being of a victims pet(s) is one less thing they need to worry about. Ahimsa House provides confidential emergency animal shelter, veterinary care, and other services for pets while their owners seek a safe environment. Once safety has been established, the animal and owner are reunited. In order to offer services, Ahimsa House needs your help.

Ahimsa House is constantly looking for volunteers that can foster pets throughout the state of Georgia. The program offers assistance for 60 days and foster care providers are not asked to take in a pet for longer than that time frame unless circumstances warrant an extension of stay and the foster home is willing. If you are unable to commit to that time frame there is also a need for people to foster through the holidays while some current foster care providers are vacationing and boarding facilities are filling quickly due to holiday travel.

The Holidays can be a stressful time. Help make this season easier for people and pets trying to escape from domestic violence: become a volunteer, a foster care provider, or help transfer pets to safety.

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About Ahimsa House
Ahimsa House is Georgia's first and only 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Our mission is to help pets and their owners throughout Georgia escape abuse. Ahimsa House provides animal sheltering, veterinary care, transportation, legal advocacy, amongst other services to anyone attempting to escape abuse in the state of Georgia and we offer assistance with any species of animal.

The Executive Director of Ahimsa House, Maya Gupta, is available for interviews about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse and how to help.

Contact: Nicolle Scruggs, Marketing and Development Intern
Ahimsa House
Nicolle Scruggs