Since opening in March 2016, the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska has partnered with Bright Horizons, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 87% of pet abuse incidents are committed in front of their partner for the purpose to show control or revenge and the abusers may harm the pet in a desperate attempt to punish the victim for seeking help or coerce them to come back. Unfortunately, up to 40% of people who are being abused are unable to escape their abusers for fear of what might happen to their pets. According to the NCADV, only 12% of domestic violence shelters provide emergency housing for pets.
The ASNN has provided a solution to that problem. We have provided an opportunity for these individuals and a safe haven for the animal so the family feels they can leave and know that their pet is safe and taken care of. The families stay in a shelter on average 30-75 days. During that time, the pet stays with us and receives vet care, housing and food free of charge to the families.
Within the span of 2 years, the ASNN has been able to provide comfort for 13 families who otherwise would have most likely stayed in an abusive environment or left their loved pets behind.