Funding from these grants will help support domestic violence survivors and their pets
Editor's note: This article includes a discussion of domestic violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit https://www.thehotline.org/. If you are a victim and need pet-friendly housing, please visit www.SafePlaceForPets.org to find pet-friendly shelters in your area.
Purina and RedRover announced that 4 new Purple Leash Project grants totaling up to over $150,000 have been given to multiple domestic violence shelters to help them make pet-friendly renovations. The pet-friendly upgrades and resources will include pet-safe housing, veterinary care, outdoor play areas, and supplies.
"Nearly half of all domestic violence survivors will delay leaving their abuser if they can't bring their pet with them, which is a choice that nobody should have to make," said Nina Leigh Krueger, CEO, and president of Purina, in an organizational release.1 "Luckily, the number of resources to help survivors and their four-legged family members escape abuse and heal together is growing every day, and Purina is humbled to help lead the charge alongside our partners at RedRover to make more pet-inclusive resources available."
According to the release,1 the Purple Leash Project provided over $1 million in funding since it was founded in 2019 and, along with RedRover, is working to help ensure that at least 25% of domestic violence shelters are pet friendly by 2025. Currently, $704,850 has been distributed across 34 US shelters to help provide survivors and their pets a safe place to live.
The following shelters are the recipients of the 4 new grants1:
"RedRover and Purina's Purple Leash Project grant will help Finding Grace Ministries become the first pet-friendly human shelter in Jefferson County, Missouri," said Doreen Page, Finding Grace Ministries executive director. "We're so thankful to both organizations for helping us bring our dreams of providing real, impactful solutions to survivors of domestic violence to reality."
Purina and RedRover Award Four New Purple Leash Project Grants To Continue Support Of Domestic Violence Survivors With Pets. News release. Purina. September 7, 2022. Accessed September 7, 2022. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/purina-and-redrover-award-four-new-purple-leash-project-grants-to-continue-support-of-domestic-violence-survivors-with-pets-301617571.html