Recording artist and former American Idol judge, Paula Abdul has teamed up with the American Humane Association (AHA) to encouraging domestic-violence shelters to offer not only people but pets a safe haven too.
Victims often won't flee an abusive situation without their pets out of fear they'll be killed if left behind, say experts. Of the 2,500 domestic and family violence emergency shelters nationwide, only eight currently welcome both women and their pets. So far, Abdul's star power has paid off -- beefing up funding and encouraging more shelters to embrace its Pets and Women's Shelters Program focusing on implementing animal friendly policies, says AHA's chief operating officer Dale Austin.
"Thanks in part to Paula, many animals across the country are being given a second chance for a better life," he said.
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