It is gradually becoming common knowledge that people who abuse animals rarely stop there. They often elevate their assaults to humans, usually family members. To combat this, PAWS has actively participated in a working group of the Snohomish County Domestic Violence Task Force for more than a year. The members of this group include animal control officers, domestic violence advocates, 4H leaders and animal welfare organizations.
The only one of its kind in Snohomish County, the group focuses on the link between violence toward animals and domestic violence, and is working to develop and promote effective initiatives to end domestic violence, create a coordinated community response to hold abusers accountable, as well to support survivors— including the family pets.
As part of this innovative group, PAWS is helping with several key projects, which include:
PAWS also works to nurture the inherent compassion in every child through its Humane Education Program. By giving kids the tools and knowledge to develop compassion and respect for all animals, we may prevent a future cycle of violence from ever putting animals or families at risk.