40 Stories for 40 Years: SPCA of Texas

by Emily Roberts | Sep 21, 2018

Barking and meowing are not noises you would expect to hear when walking through a shelter for victims of domestic violence, however, you hear them at Ann Moody Place. Thanks to a partnership with the SPCA of Texas, our clients have a place to house their beloved animals. For many victims, this can be a deciding factor to leave a violent home.

According to the National LINK Coalition, researchers have found correlations between animal abuse, domestic violence and other forms of violence. Animal abuse is often an indicator or warning sign that other family members in the household may be in danger. Nationally, about 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had threatened, injured or killed family pets as well, and 55% of victims report that their pets are important sources of emotional support. National statistics show that 25% to 40% of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they worry about what will happen to their pets if they leave.

Feedback from our clients brought heightened attention to the need for this service, which led to an exciting partnership between the SPCA of Texas and The Family Place.

“The SPCA of Texas is always eager to partner with other organizations to promote keeping pets with their people,” says Maura Davies, Vice President for Communications for the SPCA of Texas. “When we learned of the opportunity to partner with The Family Place to build these pet kennels, we were thrilled to help keep pets and victims of domestic violence together in a safe environment where they can best emotionally support each other and begin the healing process. We want to help stop the violence that often affects multiple family members.”