On August 25th, PetCloud will join Ahimsa House for their 7th annual 5k. We’ll be there to snap photos of your cuties and to support the Ahimsa House and their mission: “providing veterinary care and boarding for victim’s pets while they seek safety for themselves and reuniting them once permanent safe housing is established.” I spoke with Ahimsa’s Executive Director, Ms. Myra Rasnick, to find out what makes the Ahimsa House a special nonprofit for pets.
There is a special need for Ahimsa House. Located in Tucker, Georgia, the nonprofit serves domestic violence victims and their pets who seek a safe environment. Domestic violence is vast across the country. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Specifically, studies reveal that over 70% of domestic violence victims report their abusers threatened, harmed, or killed a family pet. The Ahimsa House serves its purpose in the metro-Atlanta region where most callers are due to high population density.
Domestic violence victims often stay in dangerous situations for their pets. Ahimsa House provides accommodations for pets. Therefore, victims recover and seek a safe environment while their pets are cared for. Pets are received in various conditions when they arrive at the house. While some pets are in healthy conditions, others have broken limbs and even gunshot wounds when they arrive. They may also face behavioral problems from violent scenes between abusers and victims. Professional trainers and veterinarians care for each pet and their individual needs until they are recovered and reunited with their owner.
We must spread awareness about Ahimsa House. “Having a client be able to reclaim their pet and know that the entire family can now live free from abuse is the most rewarding outcome in our line of work”, Rasnick said. Many clients have said “’you not only saved my pet’s life, but you saved mine as well’”. This is the purpose of the Ahimsa House: to reunite pets and owners where they can live together free from domestic violence. Support the Ahimsa House and their upcoming 5k by visiting their website below.
Ahimsa House Annual 5k Walk, Wag, N’ Run
August 25th at 7:30 a.m.
Lenox Park in Brookhaven