By Steven Feldman, CEO, HABRI
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) has now opened applications for the FY 2021 Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program. This grant program will support the expansion of shelter and housing assistance for survivors of domestic violence with companion animals. Please share this grant funding with organizations eligible to apply. Last year, the DOJ awarded over $2.2 million to six organizations, which allowed families and their pets across the country to safely leave dangerous situations together. As few as 20 percent of domestic violence shelters offer co-sheltering options with pets, making this an ongoing and urgent need. Many in the pet care community are dedicated to this issue, through advocacy in Congress for Federal support and through direct funding to worthy organizations. Thank you to everyone involved. This is such an important example of how we can tackle tough issues and work together to strengthen the human-animal bond.