Protecting Pets in Domestic Violence Crisis

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Because of your generosity, six families arrived back home to the USA with their beloved pets. Four dogs and two cats.

Pets are a lifeline to donestic violence victims and especially to children who are abused. A pet gives them unconditional love in a violent home and can make all of the difference in a child's resilience and long term affects of abuse.

Here is a quote from someone you helped: "We can't believe we made it home with Bugsy. The children would not leave without him and you made it possible. We can't thank you enough for all you have done for us. Bugsy is happy with a backyard to play in and every day he is full of love, not cowering in a corner afraid.."

Thank you for protecting pets!

We are grateful to our expanding team of staff, volunteers and board members who use their talents every day, often under very stressful conditions,  to impact the lives of  thousands of American women,  children, pets and men abused in foreign countries. Our team of three case managers and six advocates work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on very complex issues and for that we are blessed.

In 2012, we have responded to a record number of pleas for help from Americans abused overseas that had pets. They wanted to escape abuse but would not do without their pets, knowing they would be abused or killed if left behind.

Rocky and Adrian, the beloved cats of Florentina, were able to travel back to the USA with Florentina from Albania when she fled her violent husband. Florentina would not have left without Rocky and Adrian and our other funding sources will not cover relocation of pets. Florentina is safe with her cats and so thankful. For so long she thought she was in a hopeless situation. Without the contributions of donors like you it would have been impossible to have brought back Rocky and Adrian and the other dogs, cats, rabbits and birds we brought home in 2012. We are thankful beyond words for your support of our Protecting Pets In Domestic Violence Crisis.

In 2013 we envision peace in every home. A world where no child has to experience violence in the one place they should feel safe. Where they will learn to love and be loved with their self-esteem in tact,

Warmest wishes to you and your family for 2013.

Paula, Noelle, Debra, Rachel, Lucinda, Jenn, Stephanie, Hannah, Zoe, Aspen & Vicki

P.S. We have multiple micro-projects on Global Giving that you may be interested in supporting before the end of 2012, where a small donation makes a big impact.


Pets are vulnerable victims of domestic violence
Pets are vulnerable victims of domestic violence

When Amy needed to flee a very abusive husband in Ireland, she was afraid she would not be able to get Scout home with her. Scout had been kicked and hit by her husband and she knew if she left Scout behind, something even worse would happen.

Because of support such as yours, we were able to pay the fees for Scout to fly home on the same plane as Amy.

Thank you for recognizing that pets are often the most vulnerable victims!

We also wanted to let you know about our Gift For Good on the Global Giving website: a beautiful handmade pillow cover from Jaipur, India to consider for your holiday shopping.

Thank you for all you do to help pets in need! Warmest wishes, Paula

My Kitties
My Kitties

Because of your donations we were able to help fly 1 dog and 2 cats home to the USA from overseas with their owners who were escaping domestic violence. Here is a quote from one of the pet owners: "I can't thank you enough. I was so desperate to escape but could not leave my precious kitties behind, he would have killed them. You saved their lives, and mine. You are angels!"

You are the angels for donating to this project and for believing that pets are important to save from domestic violence. Thank you so much from three very happy pets, two very happy survivors and us!

Dear Friends and Supporters of AODVC,

During the first 6 months of 2012, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center has helped 254 survivors of domestic violence. We have received 1,101 crisis communications from 44 countries worldwide and provided the following services:

  • 7 Danger to Safety Relocations
  • 14 Legal Consultations
  • 3 Legal Retainers
  • 6 Counseling Services
  • 13 Emergency Assistance and Basic Needs

We received the following quote from Sally who was living in Uzbekistan,

“I was fearful for my life on a daily basis. I never thought I would be able to escape the horrific abuse until I called the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Because of them, I was able to escape and I am now living a life free from violence.”

It was because of your support that we were able to help Sally and the 253 other victims that contacted us this year. Thank you for your donations!


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Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

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

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