Protecting Pets in Domestic Violence Crisis

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

When Angela called us and said she was ready to flee her abuser and come home earlier this month, we had the funds available to also get Pebbles, Angela's cat, home with her, because donations like yours.

Here is a quote from Angela:

"I could not leave Pebbles behind and the American Embassy would not include the costs of getting Pebbles home in my repatriation loan. I didn't know what to do. Then I called you and here I am, home, safe with Pebbles. Thank you so, so much."

I personally know how important your donations are to victims in need. If you are interested in learning more about why I founded the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, you can read the first chapter of my memoir for free at

I can't thank you enough for chosing to donate to protect pets in domestic violence crisis on Global Giving.

Warmest wishes always, Paula

Protecting Pets
Protecting Pets

Because of you we helped three times the number of pets in domestic violence crisis in 2013 as compared to 2012! That is an incredible increase because of caring people like you who understand how important pets are to families.

This holiday sixteen families will be safe in a home with their pets away from violence. We are beyond grateful for your support.

Here is a quote from a grateful pet owner: "Having Misty with us during our escape back home in October was the most important thing for my kids. If we would have had to leave her behind we would have been devastated. Saying thank you is not enough. I hope one day I can become financially stable enough to donate to your pets program."

For those of you who already give recurring donations to our protecting pets in domestic violence program, we thank you so much. For those of you who have not given recurring donations, please consider becoming a recurring donor between December 20th and December 31st and Global Giving will match your December donation 100% as long as the recurring donation lasts four months.

If you give $20 a month for four months, your $80 becomes $100!

We sincerely thank you for your support and wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday.

The AODVC Team

Harvesting Stones Cover
Harvesting Stones Cover

First I want to personally thank you for your support of our Protecting Pets in Domestic Violence Crisis program. This program is critical to the safety of the beloved pets of the American victims we help get back to the USA.

As a supporter, I also wanted to let you know that I have published my memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman's international journey of survival, almost 15 years after escaping Dubai.

If you are interested, my memoir goes into detail of why I was compelled to start the organization. To read the first chapter for free please go to

For the launch on October 7th, the kindle version will be available on at a discounted price of only $2.99. 

Folks that buy Harvesting Stones between October 7th and October 17th, and leave a review, will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. On October 18th we will pick the lucky winner!

 I truly appreciate your belief in my vision and our mission. Warmest wishes, Paula


When Constance and her children were ready to flee abuse in France and come home, they didn't have the money to bring their beloved labrador Waldo home with them. Because of your donations we were able to get Waldo the necessary vaccinations, a kennel and paid the shipping fees for Waldo back to the USA.

Constance and her children are now in a transitional housing program in the mid-west. Their healing from abuse with take time, and there are still legal battles to fight, but Waldo continues to provide the unconditional love that is so important in healing his family's trauma.

Thank you for all that you do to help protect pets in domestic violence crisis!

Warmest wishes, Paula

Because of your generous donations Romeo and Juliet, the beloved kitties of Jessica, are safe and sound back in the USA. Jessica doesn't have children but considers Romeo and Juliet her babies. When she needed to flee back to the USA to escape her violent husband the American Embassy would only give her a repatriation loan for her but not for her kitties. Juliet contacted us, and because of you, Jessica was able to get Romeo and Juliet back home safe with her.

Here is a note from Jessica: I am home happy and safe with Romeo & Juliet! They are my precious babies and because of you they are home with me away from the terrible abuse. When my husband would get mad at me he would throw my babies against the wall. There aren't words to thank you enough for helping us get home safely.


About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.