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P.S.A.'S · 3rd October 2011
Morgen Baldwin
On Saturday, October 29, four fantastic Northwest bands and several local businesses are teaming up with Ksan House Society in Terrace for Howl’een Benefit Dance, to help Ksan Pets Program build a kennel for pets impacted by domestic violence.

Doors open at 8 pm at Thornhill Community Hall for this fundraiser that features The Accelerators, After Hours, AWOL and Sound Collision with MC Steve Little. The night also features great door and costume prizes, 50/50 draw, cash bar, midnight pizza, and shuttle services for tips.

Don’t be disappointed, get your tickets soon, and start working on that costume!! You don’t have to dress up, but if you do you can win incredible costume prizes. Tickets are $20 Cash Only at Petland, Urban Pets, Misty River Books, Sight & Sound (Terrace and Kitimat)and Totem Ford.

Door prizes, costume prizes and other generous donations are being provided by local businesses like Olan Natural Elements, Hawkair, CFNR, Bear Creek Contracting, Spa Essentials, Canadian Tire, Lakelse Dental Centre and Little Wiggles Dog Grooming. Totem Ford and the Rovers are donating vehicles and shuttle drivers for the event.

More Information: Call Elaine at Ksan House Society, 250 635-7018

BACKGROUND

Domestic Violence Impacts the Whole Family

Pets are negatively impacted by living in homes where there is domestic violence.

Pets often experience the broad range of violence directly, including physical abuse, isolation from their family, and denial of access to adequate vet care and nutrition.

Harming pets is a deliberate tactic used by people who are abusive to gain and maintain power over their partner and family.

In an American survey in 2003, 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their partner had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.

A 1999 Ontario SPCA report states that 61% of women abused by partners had pets abused or killed by their partners, 48% said concern over the safety of their pets prevented them from leaving sooner.

Ksan Pets Program
When domestic violence victims consider leaving an abusive relationship and there is no safe place to house their pets, they face a very difficult decision. They can leave their beloved animals behind, or remain in the relationship where they, their children and pets experience further abuse. Ksan Pets Program will break down this barrier and keep families together and safe.

Ksan Pets Program is developing support and options for families who fear for their pets’ safety due to domestic violence. This includes families who seek refuge at the Ksan Transition House, Ksan Residence and Shelter, as well as victims of domestic violence in the larger community.

As a short term solution, this group of community volunteers and Ksan House Society staff has worked out agreements with local organizations to provide pets with shelter. Now Ksan Pets Program is raising funds to build a kennel to keep pets with their family members.


Online Resources

BCSPCA
www.spca.bc.ca/welfare/professional-resources/the-violence-link

American Humane Organization
www.americanhumane.org/human-animal-bond/programs/pets-and-womens-shelters

Safe Havens for Pets
www.vachss.com/guest_dispatches/ascione_safe_havens.pdf

Dogs Trust
http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/az/d/domesticviolence/