The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles Thursday announced that its “Animal Safety Net” program manual is available for free download to humane organizations, prosecuting attorneys and domestic violence professionals.
The program was developed after a rash of domestic violence episodes in the 1990s that involved pets, including a murder-suicide that left a child and a cat in its wake, according to spcaLA.
“Domestic violence survivors are reluctant to leave their abusers if it means leaving a pet behind,” spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein said. “And, typically, domestic violence shelters don’t allow clients to bring their pets.”
In 1998, Bernstein created spcaLA’s ASN program to provide a way to help survivors of domestic violence keep their pets and leave their abusers.
Since 1998, ASN has assisted more than 300 families and 500 pets, including dogs, cats, hamsters, and rabbits. ASN provides veterinary care, nourishing food, behavioral enrichment, and temporary safe shelter to animals in the program.
Available as a download, the spcaLA’s ASN program manual has what an organization needs to start their own ASN program.
“ASN has been making a difference in the Los Angeles community for nearly 20 years due to donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations,” an spcaLA statement said. “In fact, ASN was seeded by a grant from just one foundation. It is not government funded, nor is there a national spca or humane society that provides support.”
More information is available from splaLA representative Ana Bustilloz at (323) 730-5300 ext. 252; cell phone (323) 707-1271; or abustilloz@spcaLA.com.
—City News Service