Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Get a 2017 Pet Calendar!

Friends! We are excited to let you know the calendar is now in the works & available for order! Thanks to your submissions, next year’s calendar is full of love & sweet faces. We loved hearing about the healing & pure joy your animal companions bring to your lives.

Sure to be an awesome gift for yourself and/or loved ones, you can reserve your 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar here
Owning a pet and experiencing domestic violence adds an additional layer of complexity to the situation. The abusive partner may withhold money to pay for the animal’s food and water. When attempting to leave, a survivor might be denied housing and/or shelter access because the location does not accommodate pets. We have a fund that hopes to address some of these issues. The proceeds from our pet calendar sales will go back our Pet Fund which helps with food/water costs, kennel stays and more for pets whose humans have experienced domestic violence. 

Want a calendar, but wish to make a general donation to our programs and services? Make a donation of at least $30 $15 here, and indicate in the dedication notes that you would like a pet calendar!

Sneak peek below!

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Why Pet Calendar? Follow this link to learn more. 

 

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YOUR Pet Could Be In Our 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar!

It’s that time of year again! Looking for animal friends to star in our annual W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar! If you’re unfamiliar with the history behind our Pet Calendar, you may be thinking “Okay. This is cute, but what is the relevance? Where do animals come into play when we’re talking about domestic violence?” Reasonable questions, here’s some context:

  • There is a big correlation between domestic violence & animal abuse. Statistics
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    “I’m a domestic violence survivor. I’ve been though hell and back multiple times but Dakine, my Alaskan Malamute has stood by me every step of the way. She was my shoulder to cry on and always seemed to understand. Without her I don’t think I would have made the tough transition to freedom. She truly is my best friend.”

    show that people who abuse their partners are also super likely to abuse their pets. It is not uncommon that abusers harm/threaten to harm the survivor’s pet as a manipulation tactic.

  • Pets can play a large role in the survival and healing of those who’ve experienced violence and trauma. On top of many stories of pets intervening and protecting their humans in abusive situations, pets have anecdotally and statistically shown to be instrumental in the healing process of so many survivors. Our animal friends are a source of unconditional love, something we all deserve.

In addition to raising awareness for the correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse, we want to celebrate the therapeutic powers animals provide us during times of both struggle and healing. How has your pet impacted YOUR life? Whether your pet has helped you through hardship or you just want to share with the community about the joy your animal friend has brought to your life, we invite you to share what you’d like with us! Please submit a picture (no specific size requirements, we just ask that it is a clear photo) of your pet with a short blurb (~25 – 75 words) on what they mean to you to shaena@womaninc.org by Monday, November 28th. Be sure to include your name (unless you wish to remain anonymous; if that is the case please indicate so) and your pet(s) name(s). Feel free to get creative! Short stories, love letters or simple odes of appreciation all encouraged.

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Owning a pet and experiencing domestic violence adds an additional layer of complexity to the situation. The abusive partner may withhold money to pay for the animal’s food and water. When attempting to leave, a survivor might be denied housing and/or shelter access because the location does not accommodate pets. We have a fund that hopes to address some of these issues. The proceeds from our pet calendar sales will go back our Pet Fund which helps with food/water costs, kennel stays and more for pets whose humans have experienced domestic violence. 

Check out previous submissions on our Facebook: 2015, 2016

 

Get The 2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar!

With last year as its first year, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar has so far been a young but successful project. Having had tons of lovely entries from our community, a feature in BayWoof magazine and having sold out of calendars in 2015, we decided to bring the pet calendar project back for second year.

With that said, the 2016 Pet Calendar is now available for purchase! Each page is full of love and adorable faces thanks to all of you that submitted your pets and stories. Help us raise awareness for domestic violence AND celebrate the powerful, healing roles animals have in our lives.

Sure to be an awesome gift for yourself and/or loved ones, you can get the 2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar here. Your contributions will go directly back to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to support our programs and services.

We Want YOUR Pet to be in Our 2016 Pet Calendar!

Not only was last year’s calendar overflowing with cuteness, it was also full of bravely shared stories of how pets have helped people survive hardships and heal from them. In line with the sentiment behind the Doggie Meet Up, the calendar seeks to not only highlight the correlation between domestic violence & pet abuse, but also that pets make wonderful, healing companions for domestic violence survivors. In addition to valuing the love and support pets provide survivors, want to celebrate the enormous positive impact that animals can have on all of our lives.

Want to know how YOUR pet can be featured? 2015 Pet Calendar
Submit a picture to us with a 25-50 word blurb about what your pet means to you and in addition to being featured on our Facebook page, it may be selected to be in our 2016 Pet Calendar! We will be accepting submissions through the Fall and we would absolutely love it if you’d share your animal companions with us. You will also have an opportunity to be photographed at the Bow Wow Bonanza & are welcome to submit your story before, during or after the event. In need of writing inspiration? Check out last year’s submissions here. Spaces are limited, send yours in today!

Please e-mail any submissions or questions to shaena@womaninc.org.

First W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar a Major Success!

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. printed our first pet calendar for 2015. Made up of submissions from the community, the pet calendar was a labor of love. We appreciate all the people who shared their and their pets’ stories; they truly illustrated the bond between pets and their humans.

"I'm a domestic violence survivor. I've been though hell and back multiple times but Dakine, my Alaskan Malamute has stood by me every step of the way. She was my shoulder to cry on and always seemed to understand. Without her I don't think I would have made the tough transition to freedom. She truly is my best friend."

“I’m a domestic violence survivor. I’ve been though hell and back multiple times but Dakine has stood by me every step of the way. She was my shoulder to cry on and always seemed to understand. Without her I don’t think I would have made the tough transition to freedom. She truly is my best friend.”

Beyond that, the calendar offered us an opportunity to connect with you, our community of supporters; we are so thankful for that impact.

The 2015 calendar was a bit of test–we weren’t sure people would order them, so we printed a conservative 50 copies. They pretty much sold like hot cakes. With the help of long time supporter, Cole’s Hardware, who sold some calendars in their store, we sold out rather quickly. All-in-all, we brought in approximately $1,000, which we are very pleased with. The money will go to bolster the Claire Pierce Moreira Pet Fund and other services vital to our participants’ lives.

"Athena and her sister Owl keep this Domestic Violence Advocate goin'! They are both rescue pets, and their resilience and biggest of hearts bring so much joy to my life, I am so very grateful."

“Athena and her sister Owl keep this Domestic Violence Advocate goin’! They are both rescue pets, and their resilience and biggest of hearts bring so much joy to my life, I am so very grateful.”

THANK YOU for ALL your support, whether it be financial, spreading the word about WINC, calling our line or just caring about what we do. We are so much stronger when we all stand together for a peaceful community…and that includes our pets!

BayWoof Magazine Featured an Article on the W.O.M.A.N. Inc. 2015 Pet Calendar!

Unleashing our Love: Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors and Their Pets

Featured article by Mariya Taher

As the companion of an English Mastiff named Celery, I understand the special bond created between people and their furry friends, especially in times of struggle. unleashedFor survivors of domestic violence and their pets, this bond is often one of survival.
Pets offer the unconditional support and love that survivors don’t receive from their abusive partner and studies reveal survivors often turn to their pets for comfort after episodes of abuse. Sometimes animals try to intervene during violent episodes, putting themselves at great risk of  being harmed, either directly or indirectly.

I work for W.O.M.A.N., Inc., an anti-domestic violence agency serving the San Francisco Bay Area community since 1978. Often, on our 24-hour domestic violence support line, we receive calls from survivors seeking support for their pets. When they are deciding whether or not to leave abusive situations, they are often worried about the safety of their animals.

In fact, studies have shown that potential harm to pets sometimes keeps survivors in abusive relationships longer because they cannot find a place to stay that accepts their beloved animals. The American Humane Society notes that up to 40% of survivors are unable to escape their abusive situations because they fear for their pet’s safety. Another study found that this was the case for one-fifth of the survivors interviewed. For low-income survivors, the inability to financially take care  of  pets also comes into play when deciding whether to leave a violent relationship.

For the past two years, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has hosted an annual Doggie Walk. This event allows pets and people to come together to celebrate their shared bond and to raise awareness in the community about domestic violence and the distress it inflicts on survivors, including non-human family members such as dog and cat companions.widoggiewalk2014-1

This year’s Doggie Walk, held on July 19, was dedicated to Claire Pierce Moreira, beloved W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteer, who passed away this past year. Claire loved her pets very much and always had a goal of helping domestic violence survivors. After her passing, Claire’s husband, Ricardo, donated $1,000 in her name to start a Pet Fund for Survivors. This fund helps cover the costs of away-hotels or kennel stays, veterinary costs, and pet food when survivors are attempting to leave abusive situations.

At this year’s Doggie Walk, Claire’s friends and family, along with our much-appreciated community of supporters, came out with their four-legged companions to honor Claire and her deep compassion for pets and domestic violence survivors. All attendees got the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company on a sunny day while learning about one another’s unique connections to pet abuse, domestic violence, and W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Our brochure, Safety Planning with Pets, was also distributed.

A few fun pet challenges, including “Longest Stay” and “Best Trick”, were thrown into the activities of the day so the dogs could have fun and make us all laugh and smile. This  year, we received donations and support from local businesses, including Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods, Noe Valley Pet Co., K9 Scrub Club, and Duboce Park Café. Of course, all the dogs especially enjoyed receiving donated treats throughout the event.

Throughout the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we began work on a Pet Animal Calendar, giving community members a chance to have their pets included in it. After receiving submissions from 30 community supporters, we had a tough time determining which furry friends to choose –  so we came up with a creative way to include everyone’s pets. The calendars are now available for purchase and proceeds from sales will fund the ongoing work of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

To buy your own copy, please visit womaninc.org/PetCalendar.

2015 Pet CalendarWhen Claire died, we lost a marvelous woman who offered many gifts to survivors and our entire community. Though she is gone, we’re happy to know that her spirit lives on at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. through her Pet Fund for Survivors. If you’d like to donate to the fund, visit donatenow.networkforgood.org/WOMANINC and type “Pet Fund” in the field marked Special Purpose.

The issue of pets at risk in domestic violence situations is often overlooked in the field of animal rescue but the work we do is truly life-saving. We greatly appreciate every volunteer and every donation. Join us!

Your Pet Could Be a Star!

Kevin Slattery shares a photo of his four kids, DeRosa, Doris, Davis, & Dempsey

Does your pet have star potential? Are you eager to share that adorable, furry (or feathered… or scaly… or slimy) face with the world? Are you passionate about raising awareness for domestic violence and helping an organization that empowers domestic abuse survivors to live peaceful, violence-free lives?

Then we want YOU and your progressive pet to be featured in our 2015 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar! This calendar idea was born out of the same sentiment that inspired our Doggie Walk Event: that not only are cases of pet abuse and domestic abuse closely correlated, but that pets make great companions for the self-care, recovery, and healing of domestic abuse survivors. According to the American Humane Association, 71% of pet-owning survivors entering shelters reported abuse of their family pets. Most incidents of pet abuse occur in the presence of the survivor and/or their children, as an attempt to coerce and control the survivor. For many domestic violence survivors, pets provide strong emotional support and comfort.

To kick off October as Domestic Violence Awareness month, we want to celebrate the WI-LOGO - Final -- Good version for uploadswonderful relationship between loving pet-owners and their animal friends, and we want you to participate! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. will be hosting the Pet Calendar Competition, allowing the community to send in their pet photos to be featured in our 2015 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar! For extra points, include the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Logo into your pet picture! (It might give your photo better odds of being selected)!

There are only 5 spots available, so if you’re interested in having your pet featured in our 2015 Calendar, email Mariya Taher at mariya@womaninc.org with a photo and a 25 to 50 word blip about why you love your furry companion.

Purchase the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 2015 Pet Calendar today.

p.s. make sure to visit our W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Facebook page to see if your furry friend’s picture is being shared with the world!