Ontario SPCA Family Violence Assistance Program

Nearly ten years ago the Ontario SPCA’s Provincial Anti-Violence Coalition conducted a Women’s Shelter Survey to explore the connection between the abuse of pets and human domestic violence – and the results were startling.

Sixty-one percent of respondents had pets harmed and/or killed by an abusive partner. As well, 48 percent confirmed that they had delayed leaving an abusive situation for fear of leaving helpless pets behind.

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