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If Your Partner Is Abusing Your Pets

Phil Arkow, head of the American Humane Association's Human-Animal Bond Center, offers advice for those who wish to leave a violent home but are staying out of concern for pets.

  • Include animal welfare -- removing or protecting pets -- in your escape planning.
  • Arrange animal foster care in advance through a kennel, sympathetic veterinarian, or one of the more than 100 women's shelters nationwide that help find pets housing. For a shelter, see the Humane Society of the United States Web site, www.hsus.org/ace/20663.
  • In preparation for potential court battles, establish ownership by gathering such papers as vaccination certificates, vet bills, licenses, and proof of adoption or purchase.
  • Have photos taken of you and your animals.
  • Understand that new state laws shield animals belonging to you, your children, even the abuser. As a result, you may be able to remove his pets from home as well.

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, March 2008.

 

 

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