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Boris is among the four dogs brought to the Brandywine Valley SPCA's adoption center in Dover. Boris is among the four dogs brought to the Brandywine Valley SPCA's adoption center in Dover.

GEORGETOWN, Del.- When domestic violence occurs it doesn't just affect people, but it also affects the pets of those victims. In some cases, it leaves the people and the pets helpless--until now.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA has launched a new program called, A Place for Your Pet.  

The program is funded by RedRover, a national non-profit that provides financial and logistical assistance to ensure that victims can safely escape their abusive situations with their pets. 

“Brandywine Valley SPCA will be collaborating with local boarding facilities to house the pets at no charge to their owners, keeping them safe until the victims are ready to transition out of the domestic violence shelters,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA Chief Executive Officer.

Through a $40,000 RedRover grant, CHILD, Inc. and People’s Place, two Delaware-based domestic violence shelters, will dismantle the buffer that keeps many victims from receiving the help they need. 

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 70 percent of pet-owning victims who enter domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had injured, killed, or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control.

Additionally, up to 65 percent of victims do not seek shelter to escape their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave.

People who were adopting pets on Tuesday said the new program could help save lives. 

"Sometimes that love for your pet can interfere with your choice to make the best decision that's safest for you, and now you don't have to think about that and it's a wonderful thing," Gabriel Nathan said.

"Perfect thing for families, and it makes people seek what they need for help, because you're not leaving behind your animal," Clover Simpler said.

The organizations are now working to raise funds to provide transportation for victims to and from their shelters, so they can visit their pets. 

 

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