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PAWS Act Coalition Hails Passage of Bill that Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence and their Pets

$2 million in USDA grants will be provided.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The PAWS Act Coalition, a group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, lauded the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which, for the first time, will provide $2 million in USDA grants to enable more domestic violence shelters to become pet-friendly so that victims of domestic violence and their pets may shelter and heal together. The grants come one year after the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act was authorized as part of the 2019 Farm Bill, which received bipartisan support in its passage.

“These new grants will help expand the network of domestic violence shelters which allow pets to accompany their families seeking safe shelter,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, president of Purina. “This is an important milestone in the coalition’s collective efforts to create safer communities for pets and pet owners, and Purina will remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the bond between domestic abuse survivors and their pets by ensuring they can safely heal together.”

The PAWS Act Coalition would like to thank the original co-sponsors of the Pet and Women Safety Act for their leadership and commitment to its passage, especially the lead sponsors Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and former Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). The coalition is also particularly grateful for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) for spearheading the effort to pass the bill by including its language in the Farm Bill.

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