The Issue: Dangers to Family Pets in Emergency Situations
Financial strains such as hospitalization or home foreclosures can make it difficult for owners to properly care for family pets. Domestic violence also places animals at risk: 71% of pet-owning women entering domestic-violence shelters reported that their batterer had threatened, injured, or killed family pets for revenge or to exert control, according to data cited in a joint report by the American Humane Association and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The Campaign: Emergency Foster Care for Pets
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Berea Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) can provide two months of emergency foster care for four pets from struggling families. ARF's Under the Wing program takes in animals whose owners are temporarily unable to care for them due to an emergency such as hospitalization, home foreclosure, or domestic violence. Each additional $250 raised will provide emergency care for another two pets for two months.
Berea Animal Rescue Friends
Berea Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) started in a family garage outside of Cleveland after a small group of animal lovers recognized the desperate housing and healthcare needs of homeless animals in the area. Now, 20 years later, ARF continues to help stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, food, and medical necessities—as well as loving care and companionship—in a more formal facility for as long as needed. In addition to traditional adoption services for cats and dogs, ARF also runs temporary foster-care programs and partners with a correctional facility to operate a prison foster program in which dogs receive basic obedience training.
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