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.

Dog Gone Good Time at the 2015 Bow Wow Bonanza

After organizing and settling on a location change, we were SO excited to be able to host our 3rd Annual Doggie Meet Up at the beautiful Lake Merritt Amphitheater!
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On Sunday, October 18th community members and their playful pups joined us at our fundraiser benefiting W.O.M.A.N., Inc. There, the puparazzi captured awesome photos of our attendees participating in several activities including the 2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar Photo shoot and the Mutt Strut, our doggie fashion show where our animal friends got to show off their outfits & ‘pawsome’ personalities. Winners and participants won some great, generously donated prizes courtesy of George, Humphrey Slocombe, Momo’s Restaurant and Pawtrero. All in all, this year’s Doggie Meet Up fundraising garnered $650 for our Pet Fund for Survivors!

Thanks to all who came to show their support and to the volunteers who made this event possible! Special thanks to Aleah Fajardo for her awesome photography skills & all puparazzi who shared their adorable photos of the event with us! You can check out photos from the event on our Facebook.

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.

SAVE THE DATE! The Bow Wow Bonanza is Back in Action!

After organizing and settling on a location change, we are SO excited to announce that we’ve got a permit secured and a space reserved for our 3rd annual doggie meet up!!

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Be sure your animal pals are dressed to impress because the PUParazzi will be in full swing! There will also be some great prizes for your best dressed companions & for generous humans who decide to donate to the pet fund ahead of time.

RSVP to this event here

  • Due to permit restrictions, we will not be collecting donations on site. If you are interested in contributing to the Pet Fund, please do so online. Much appreciated!

Many thanks to George, Humphrey Slocombe, Momo’s Restaurant and Pawtrero for their generous donations to the event!


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Unleash Your Love at our 2nd Annual Community Dog Walk

DoggieWalkUnderstanding the connection between domestic violence and pet abuse, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has created a Pet Fund for survivors who need monetary support for their pets, including vet costs, pet food and kennel stays.

2nd Annual Doggie Walk in honor of Claire Pierce Moreira
Saturday, July 19, 12:00 noon
Duboce Park, San Francisco

We are walking in honor of Claire Pierce Moreira, a dedicated volunteer and dog lover who helped W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in many ways. Between 2011 and 2013, Claire donated 347 hours of her time to W.O.M.A.N., Inc., most on our survivor support line. When she passed away last year, her husband donated $1000 in her name to our agency to start a Pet Fund for survivors. This fund will help survivors pay for away-hotels, veterinary costs, and pet food when they are attempting to leave an abusive situation.

The intention behind the Doggie Walk is to show how survivors who have animals often have to endure abuse of their pets as well. It is common for animals to protect survivors from abuse. Sometimes animals try to intervene during violent episodes, putting them at great risk for being harmed, either directly or indirectly. This fund would help survivors ensure their pets are taken care of during times of difficulty.

Like our Doggie Walk Facebook page, and watch our Doggie Walk video on YouTube.

HOW TO DONATE TO W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Pet Fund:

1) If you would like to donate to our Pet Fund, you can donate online here (make sure to note “Pet Fund” in the field for special purpose for your donation).

2) If you would like to donate with cash or check, you can bring it to the Doggie Walk, or mail it to us. Checks can be made out to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and mailed to 333 Valencia Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103. Make sure to note “Pet Fund” in the memo of your check.

So mark your calendars and stop by Duboce Park with your pooch on Saturday, July 19 at noon. See you there!