Many domestic violence victims report staying in abusive and dangerous relationships out of fear of leaving their beloved pets behind. Their abusers often threaten to harm, maim, or even kill their pets if they attempt to leave. Studies have shown this is the case for one out of every four women trying to escape domestic violence.
Right now, there are very few domestic violence shelters that can accommodate pets, making the choice to leave even harder. But there is hope: the Pets and Women’s Safety Act, or PAWS Act, would supply funding to help shelters take in people and pets fleeing violence. This would alleviate abuse victims’ fears about their pets’ safety, and get them out of dangerous situations faster. These funds are urgently needed by shelters across the country, and Congress should pass this legislation quickly.
Jules Lavallee, Founder of Kitty Whoop Ass, LLC and I have launched a "Selfies for Paws" campaign to gain support from celebrities. We are asking them to wear our PAWS ACT shirts and to take a selfie with our PAWS ACT poster to build awareness. If you know any celebs who are animal lovers who want to join our cause, please have them reach us. It would help save lives.
By signing the petition, you will let Congress know that the time to pass the PAWS Act is now.
- The President of the United States
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
Pass The Paws ACT
My name is Adriana Meucci and I am running a social media campaign to bring awareness to the bill introduced to Congress (The Pets and Women Safety Act). I have partnered with business woman and philanthropist, Jules Lavallee from Boston.
The PAWS ACT is important on so many levels. Women stay in dangerous and abusive situations for the sake of their beloved pets. Abusers are notorious for using the pets as a way to instill terror in family members, especially to insure that victims do not flee. Sadly, most domestic violence shelters are not equipped to accept pets on site. This leaves victims with few choices. Right now pets and women are being brutalized and often murdered because of the lack of safe haven. The PAWS ACT must be passed and swiftly. Please help us to move this forward.
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