National nonprofit helps domestic violence victims and their pets

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The California-based RedRover animal advocacy organization is bringing attention to the connection between animal abuse and family violence by offering aid to victims through the RedRover relief program.  Funds provide help with veterinary care and boarding for those wanting to leave abusive situations without leaving their pets behind.  RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth says many domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations out of concern for their pets.  He says the financial support “makes it possible for victims to safely escape, reassured that their pets are protected.”  As a result of the awareness campaign, applications for assistance have risen 70 percent in the last year.  Learn more at