A new coalition of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations has been formed to advocate for the passage of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, a bill intended to help survivors of domestic violence and their pets.
The coalition, known as the PAWS Act Coalition, is urging the passage of the PAWS Act (H.R.909 & S.322) to help keep domestic violence survivors and their pets together. Currently, 97% of domestic violence shelters in the United States do not allow pets. This poses a problem for survivors who often have to choose between leaving their beloved pets behind or staying in an environment with their abuser. The PAWS Act would ensure that survivors could stay with their pets when seeking shelter.
“I was proud to work with my colleague Senator Gary Peters and several advocacy groups to introduce the PAWS Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would ensure victims are not forced to choose between their personal safety and the safety of their pet. As the fifth most bipartisan senator in the U.S. Senate, I’ll continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see that domestic violence survivors in Nevada and around the country have access to critical, life-saving services and programs that meet their needs and allow them to escape abuse and find safe haven.”
— Dean Heller, Senator, Nevada
For more information on the PAWS Act, including what you can do to help urge its passing, visit Pet Partners.