Maplegate House


Sheltering  Animals & Families Together for Safety

Did you know?

Twelve independent surveys have reported that between 18% and 48% of abused women have delayed their decision to leave their abuser or returned to their abuser out of fear for the welfare of their pets.

Between 71% and 85% of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partner had threatened, injured or killed the family pet. (Ascione, Weber and Wood, 1997)

Research has shown that 62% to 76% of animal cruelty in the home occurs in front of children. (Faver & Strand, 2003).

Children often intervene to protect their mothers and pets from being abused. Some children may even allow themselves to be victimized to save their pets from being harmed or killed. (Edelson et al., 2003)

Why a Pet Shelter on Site?

  • Women do not like to leave their pets in a shelter off site as they often feel as it is like putting their kids in foster care while they take care of their safety.
  • To remove the barriers for women to access our service. Often they will not leave their pets with the abuser for fear of reprisal to the pet.
  • Our shelter is located in a remote small city in Northern Ontario (Elliot Lake) with few options for pets. The one option we have is cost prohibitive for women ($25/day – discounted price for women in the shelter)
  • The therapy value for women to have their pets on site.

Why An Outdoor Pet Shelter on Site?

  • To reduce liability and risk to other residents of an untrained animal in the house.
  • To reduce risk factor to the house for allergies and flea infestation.
  • To provide shelter in close proximity and accessible to the women & children.

For more information visit Pet Safety and Women


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