Animal related

AHIMSA House, Inc.

Tucker, GA


In families affected by domestic violence, pets are also at risk. Abusers threaten, injure, and kill family pets to terrorize others in the home--yet most domestic violence shelters are unable to allow pets to accompany their owners to safety. Nearly 50% of individuals delay escaping the abuse because of concern about their pets. Ahimsa House, meaning "nonviolence," is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the links between domestic violence and animal abuse. Anywhere in Georgia and at no charge, Ahimsa House provides emergency pet safehousing, veterinary care, pet-related safety planning, legal advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line, outreach programs, and other services to help the human and animal victims of domestic violence reach safety together.

Ahimsa House serves all victims of domestic violence regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, or immigration status.

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Principal Officer

Myra Rasnick

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PO Box 2173

Tucker, GA 30085 USA


domestic violence, animal welfare, animal protection, human violence, safe house, safehouse,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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24 Hour Crisis Line and Emergency Animal Safehouse Program

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Ahimsa House's ultimate goal is to end violence against both people and animals. As a more immediate goal, we hope to make access to safety for both human and animal victims of domestic violence a standard part of the domestic violence service system.

Our core strategy is to deliver services that fill in the gap in the current domestic violence service system pertaining to pet-related safety concerns: for example, emergency housing, transportation, and veterinary care for animals. We also assist domestic violence shelters in developing their own capacity to accommodate residents' animals, whether it be on-site (through providing emergency crates or helping build pet kennels) or off-site (through partnerships with local veterinarians or humane societies). Finally, we endeavor to integrate awareness of "the animal abuse link" into coordinated community responses to domestic violence across the state, while also training animal services professionals (veterinarians, animal control officers, humane societies) on recognizing and responding to cases of suspected animal abuse in the context of domestic violence.

Our capabilities include:

-Expertise in the link between animal abuse and domestic violence

-Connections with key stakeholders statewide: domestic violence shelters, veterinarians, pet boarding facilities, and many others who encounter either the human or animal victims of domestic violence

-A strong base of community support, including volunteers who assist with all aspects of our core programs (animal fostering, animal transport, crisis line staffing, outreach event staffing, etc.) and allow us to keep costs down by operating with minimal staff

Indicators we use to measure our impact include:

-Number of nights of emergency shelter provided for animals displaced by domestic violence
-Number of calls to our 24-hour crisis line
-Percent of clients reunited with their animals once it is safe to do so
-Percent of clients who report our services helped them get their animals to safety
-Percent of clients who report our services helped them get _themselves_ to safety

As of May 2014, we have provided over 37,000 nights of emergency shelter for pets and fielded 4,187 calls to our crisis line. Crisis line calls have more than tripled in the past three years. In 2012, we took in 84% more animals than in 2011. We interpret this increase in demand as an increase in awareness, both of our services and of the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. 90% of our clients report that our services helped them get not only their animals to safety, but also get themselves to safety.

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AHIMSA House, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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