Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence

by Pathways to Safety International
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence
Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence

Kanoodle is one happy puppy because of you! Kanoodle's mom Anila emailed us in desperation. Her fiancé was abusing her, but even worse, in her eyes, he was withholding food and water from Kanoodle as a punishment for Anila.

Kanoodle was terrified of Anila's abuser. Cowering and hiding behind the furniture whenever he would enter the room and begin ranting, screaming and insulting Anila.

With some careful safety planning, and help from Anila's aunt and uncle, Kanoodle is safe! Albeit, still skittish of men and strangers. Slowly but surely, Kanoodle is feeling more confident about learning what a safe home feels like back in the USA.

Kanoodle says woof, woof and woof! (Thank you to you!)

The Pathways' Team

*In these reports, we may change the name of the victim and may use a photo that is a likeness, but not the actual photo of the victim, for safety purposes.

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Ginger's human mom Nicole needed to escape her abusive husband and come back home. Trying to get Ginger back to the US without her husband knowing she was leaving was challenging.

Her husband always joined them when she would take Ginger to the veterinarian. Their veterinarian was a good looking man and Nicole's husband was frightfully jealous.

But Ginger needed a health certificate from the veterinarian to be able to get on the plane, and Nicole's husband was still working from home, monitoring her every move. The only time Nicole wasn't under her husband's watchful eye was when she took Ginger for a walk, which he limited to 30 minutes.

With the help of our email advocate, a safety plan including getting Ginger a health certificate from the vet was created. We won't go into detail because it was quite a clever plan and we may use it in the future. But it worked!

Ginger is now adjusting to life at her human grandparents home. If Ginger could talk she would say: Thank you for saving me!

We thank you too! The Pathways Team

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Olive is the precious furbaby of Sonia. When Sonia emailed our crisis advocate Kate, she was ready to escape her abusive boyfriend in South America. But she didnt want to leave without Olive!

Safety planning and fleeing abuse is hard but even more challenging with a pet. Her boyfriend worked at home during the pandemic and didn't allow Sonia to leave the house without him. But he would go out drinking at night and that is when she could escape.

The challenge was that Sonia needed to get Olive to the veterinarian for a checkup and a certificate of health to be able to fly home.

As part of Sonia's escape plan, the veterianarian agreed to see Olive at 9pm at night and agreed to waive any costs. We were able to help sonia aquire an airline approved carrier for Olive.

Finally, after so much planning and careful communication, the plan was executed. Sonia told us her heart felt like it was jumping out of her chest the whole time. When Sonia finally boarded a flight back home with Olive and they landed on US soil she could finally breathe again.

We can't express how thankful we are for you! Without your support we would be unable to get pets home safely away from abuse.

The Pathways Team

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Without a doubt, the last two years have been challenging for all of us. The pandemic has changed the way we work, how we live, how our children go to school, kept us in isolation and often plunged us into financial hardship.

For battered American women & children, and their pets abroad, isolated at home with the abuser, abuse has increased an estimated three-fold. Providing support is difficult with the majority of support being conducted via email.

Travel restrictions have meant victims and their pets have had to endure so much abuse. With the pandemic coming to an end, we know we will be experiencing an influx of requests to help precious pets escape with their families back home to safety in the United States.

As always, Pathways will be available to help in any way we can to get pets home.

Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.

The Pathways' Team

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Holly emailed Pathways explaining she was trying to leave her abusive fiance' and flee back home for safety with Elsa, her beloved companion. Holly was confused about how she could fly home with covid restrictions and how she could bring Elsa back home with her. And plan it all without her fiance' finding out.

A Pathways email advocate helped Holly understand what the travel rules for the country she was in regards to returning to the USA, and what the requirements were to bring Elsa with her.

With her abusive fiance' working from their home most of the time, Holly did her best to communicate by email with Pathways in secret. A Pathways advocate explained to Holly how to minimize the chance of her fiance' discovering their emails.

Finally, after several weeks, Holly is back home in the USA with Elsa! Elsa is loving living at Elsa's mom's house and has two other dogs to play with.

Without your support, advocacy, safety planning and emotional support to victims abroad would not be possible.

Thank you from the Pathways' Team, Holly, and of course, Elsa!

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