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For many women, it’s already difficult enough to get out of a violent home, but the thought of leaving a beloved pet behind can make it that much harder especially when that pet faces the same threat of violence.“Research shows about 65 per cent of individuals who are experiencing abuse will delay … getting help if they have animals,” said Jo-Anne Dusel, executive director of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS).And with no women’s shelters in the province that allow pets, some women never leave.That’s why PATHS, and two other provincial organizations — the Saskatchewan SPCA and STOPS to Violence — have partnered to launch a new 50/50 lottery to support their collective efforts to address domestic violence and animal abuse in Saskatchewan.Money raised will support the publication of an information booklet titled Getting Out: A Process Learned from the Courage and Wisdom of Survivors, which has been around for 20 years, but was recently updated to include information about the link between human and animal abuse and how to get your pet to safety.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“We want to address that barrier and we certainly feel that working together we can accomplish a lot more,” said Dusel.Some organizations, like the Regina Humane Society, the Saskatoon SPCA and Saskatoon’s New Hope Dog Rescue are already working together to remove that barrier by offering free temporary boarding for pets coming from a violent home.“We’ve helped (New Hope Dog Rescue) with the planning and preparation for that and they’ve already been successful in helping a number of individuals and their animals,” said Sandra Anderson, program director for the Saskatchewan SPCA. “It’s really gratifying to see that kind of thing.”As an animal welfare organization, Anderson said the focus can’t solely be on the animals, but must look at the needs of their owners as well.“Animals improve our lives — our physical health, our emotional wellbeing — but unfortunately, as we’re all aware, there’s a really dark side to the human-animal bond,” she said. “In a violent home, both pets and people are in danger.”Related Sask. women’s violent deaths part of new national report on femicide Issue of animal hoarding needs an empathetic human touch Domestic violence laws only a start to ending the problem The three organizations came together in 2015 as a follow up to an Alberta study addressing the link between domestic violence against humans and animal abuse. Their own research confirmed the same trends in Saskatchewan.Between 70 and 80 per cent of women in shelters were reporting abuse of pets and over 90 per cent of human service workers (shelter workers, social workers) believed having animals delayed women from leaving an abusive situation, according to a March 2016 study.Almost 80 per cent of those workers knew someone personally who did not leave an abusive situation because of concern for a pet.During her years as a shelter worker, Dusel said she encountered many women who’s pets had been injured by their partner or where their animals were being used as an intimidation tactic against them.One such story has stuck with her.“One of the most horrific stories that I ever heard was of an abusive partner who repeatedly killed newborn puppies in front of his partner as a way to intimidate and horrify her,” she recalled. “She would have to clean up the mess, get the evidence and the blood out of the way before her child saw.” Dusel says the Working to End Violence 50/50 Lottery is the first step towards solving the issue of domestic violence and animal abuse, opening up new ways for families who need to get out of a violent situation, but want to know their pets are going to be safe. Saskatchewan currently has the highest rate of domestic violence among the Canadian provinces. “Long term, our goal, collectively between the three organizations, is that there be at least one domestic violence shelter here in Saskatchewan where pets would be welcome to stay on site,” she said. There is currently one shelter in the province working toward that goal, according to Dusel, but it is a little stalled trying to overcome some logistical challenges with housing people and pets on the same site while also accommodating those with allergies and a fear of animals. She said it’s likely the shelter will have to build infrastructure to house the pets separate from the living quarters.“If anybody out there who’s reading this is abused or knows someone who is, that there is help out there,” added Dusel, who pointed to resources like 211 Saskatchewan and abuse helplines found in the front of every SaskTel phonebook.The 50/50 tickets are one for $10, four for $20, 25 for $50 or 100 for $100 and can be purchased online at www.violencelink.ca/5050. The draw date is Oct. [email protected] read more