Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act Funding Now Available
The PAWS Act Coalition, a group of non-profit and for-profit organizations, is working to raise awareness among the domestic violence shelter community of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program.
The program will support shelter and transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence and their companion animals, which was made possible by the passage of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act by Congress in 2018.
The DOJ will provide up to five grants of $400,000 each to begin on Oct. 1, 2020. The primary goal of this funding is to support shelter and transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence and their companion animals. With these grants, the DOJ seeks to increase the number of shelter beds and transitional housing options to meet the needs of domestic violence survivors who need shelter or housing for them and their companion animals. Funding provided by this grant will also provide training to local stakeholders on the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of companion animals, the needs of domestic violence survivors, best practices for providing or referring survivor support services and designing and delivering services that protect survivors' confidentiality.
Through the Office of Justic Programs and Office for Victims of Crime, the DOJ will accept applications for this grant program through May 29, 2020. The PAWS Act Coalition will work to share this funding opportunity as widely as possible so that worthy organizations are informed and can apply.
Organizations in the PAWS Act coalition include Purina, HABRI, Noah’s Animal House, Pet Partners, Urban Resource Institute (URI),and RedRover.
Noah’s Animal House and URI are part of the only 10 percent of domestic violence shelters across the country that actively offer co-shelter services to keep both pets and their owners away from the dangers of domestic abuse. Together, the two organizations have saved more than 1,800 pets from abusive conditions.
“With incidents of domestic violence increasing as a result of coronavirus stay-at-home orders, the need for pet-friendly sheltering will also grow, and this funding could not have come at a better time,” said Steven Feldman, executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). “HABRI is proud to have participated in this two-plus year effort to support the successful implementation of the lifesaving PAWS Act. The PAWS Act Coalition and many in the greater pet care community have worked hard to make this grant program a reality.”
Click here to apply for funding.