Project: Animals in Crisis (PetSafe)
Sojka and Alan Beck
of Veterinary Medicine
Center for the Human-Animal Bond coordinates a program to help
the YWCA, which provides shelter for women
who must immediately leave their homes because of domestic violence.
The shelter cannot take in companion animals, and often women
are conflicted about leaving their home or remain in an unsafe
situation because they are worried about their animals; sometimes
women risk personal injury because of their need to return home
to care for and feed their animals. The humane society is overcrowded
and has no facilities in which to provide short-term housing
for pets owned by families which have lost their homes due to
fire or other natural disasters.
there is no mechanism to provide for the short-term care and
housing of the pets owned by families in crisis who reside in
the counties surrounding Purdue University. To meet this community
need, the faculties of the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and
Anthropology and Sociology wish to operate PetSafe; a student
run program that provides veterinary care and housing for animals
owned by families in crisis. The PetSafe program is designed
to provide an opportunity for Veterinary and Anthropology students
to become involved in their community.
program will also identify the role of pets in families experiencing
crisis and document the benefits to familiesincrisis of providing
a safe place for their companion animals. Participating students
will also receive information about the larger issues of animal
abuse, battered women, child abuse, displaced individuals, and
program will train veterinary students to identify animal abuse
or neglect and learn the veterinary and social skills needed
to deal with this growing issue. Recognizing animal abuse is
viewed as one way to identify abusive family situations before
women and children become seriously injured.
Are you in a domestic violence situation? You are not alone, and help is available! Call the YWCA’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 765-423-1118 or toll free at 1-888-345-1118. Read about the YWCA’s services, including safe shelter, protective orders, 9-1-1 cell phones, and support groups, at www.ywca.org/lafayette/dv.