- It is estimated that one million pets in this country are harmed, tortured, or killed every year because of domestic violence that occurs in the homes where they live.
- Researchers have found that between 71% and 83% of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partners also abused or killed the family pet.
- Nationwide, fewer than 1 in 8 domestic violence shelters accept pets. As a result, concern for the welfare of their beloved pets prevents or delays over 50% of victims from escaping domestic violence, sometimes at their own peril. Some have been known to live in their cars for months while waiting to get into a facility that takes pets.
Two at a Time (TAAT) is a non-profit created to address the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. Using our network of confidential foster homes, we will provide up to 60 days of confidential emergency shelter while the survivor seeks safety for themselves and children if needed. Additionally, we will provide basic and emergency vet care free of charge.
Upon receiving a call on our 24-hour crisis hotline from the survivor, we will advise them of where they can safely drop off their pet(s). It is fine for an advocate, social worker, the police, or health care professional to call on their behalf; however, we must speak directly with the survivor to move forward. They must also be in possession of their pets for us to create a safety plan. If not, we will refer them to other agencies for help in retrieving their pets i.e. law enforcement.
Once in possession of their pet(s) they will be directed to drop them off at one of our veterinarian-partners. At that point, a safety plan is set up by TAAT staff which includes TAAT incurring all costs involved in that pet’s well being for the remainder of its time with us. Once the pet has been cleared by the vet for fostering, a TAAT volunteer transport driver will pick it up and take it to the foster home we have arranged.
Home inspections are required for any potential foster homes in addition to criminal background checks. The latter is also required for all staff and volunteers working in any capacity for Two at a Time.
Two at a Time
4701 SW Admiral Way, #305
Seattle, WA 98116-2340