Many of us consider our pets to be members of our family — and survivors of domestic violence are no different.

Sadly, 89% of domestic violence victims report that their abuser has threatened, harmed, or even killed their pets as a way to exert power and control. Concern about their four-legged family members often keeps victims in abusive and dangerous situations. In fact, up to 56% of domestic violence victims have reported that the concern for their pets safety have delayed their leaving the abusive situation. With over 36,000 domestic violence 911 calls annually in Oklahoma City alone, that’s a lot of pets in potentially dangerous situations.

To better protect survivors of all species in our community, we have created the Animal Advocacy Program at Palomar. In addition to a full-time staff member dedicated to the needs of our animal family members, we are working to build a network of foster parents who can provide a safe home to our furry, feathered, and reptilian friends. These angels will allow our human survivors to focus on their needs and finding a safe home until they can bring their entire family back together away from their abuser.

If you are interested in providing a safe home for an animal escaping domestic violence in our community, please fill out the form below. The commitment for fostering with the Animal Advocacy Program is 2 months.

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