ANN ELMORE HOUSE PET PROGRAM
The Ann Elmore House has been providing safety to women and children in Campbell River and the North Island for 34 years. The newly created Pet Program has launched as a way to reduce barriers for women that are fleeing abuse, allowing them to leave an abusive relationship, find safety and the support needed.
When there is violence in the home, it can be directed at the pets as well as at the partners and children who live there. Pet abuse is one the of forms of intimidation, power, and control behaviors, used by an abuser.
Approximately Fifty-seven percent of Canadian households – 7.5 million households- have a companion animal. The connection between a person and their pet is an integral part of the social safety net. We know that many women will delay leaving an abuser for fear of their pet’s safety should they leave the pet behind.
We are in the process of creating a safe space that will allow women, with or without children, the ability to stay at the house with their pets.
We have received two grants, one from Campbell River Community Foundation and the other from BC Hydro, that will allow us to implement and sustain this new project for one year. That funding is providing fencing, gravel and some supplies to implement this new project. Some supplies and costs that are still needed is potential vet care costs if the animal is in poor health or has sustained injuries in the process of fleeing from the abuser, and food for the pet, chances are the women will likely flee without any supplies for the animal.
Our goal is to raise $5000 so that we will have the ability to continue this service and reduce those barriers for women that are fleeing abuse. While at the house, pets will not only receive love and care from their family but also any veterinary care that might be needed. Ensuring that they are free from harm!
We truly appreciate your support. Thank you for bringing pets to safety