Join the Humane Society of Utah and Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering in our joint advocacy effort to include pets in domestic violence protective orders.

Support HB 175 (Protection of Animals Amendments)!

    
By enacting legislation to include pets in domestic violence protective orders, victims will be provided with the assurance necessary to flee from dangerous situations knowing their pets will be out of danger.

On average, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetimes.* Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent phases of lockdowns have contributed to a rise in domestic violence as victims are left with seemingly no other option but to remain in an abusive household. Escaping these dangerous and often life-threatening situations is much more complicated than just packing a bag and making a decision to leave. Seeking safety proves especially difficult when the victim is a pet guardian. Abusers often use violence or threats of violence against a victim’s pet as a psychological tool to manipulate and further control the victim. The fear of an abuser causing harm to a beloved animal often delays victims from leaving an abusive household or stops them from fleeing entirely. In fact, nearly 50% of domestic violence victims have delayed leaving their abuser out of fear of harm to their pets.**

We believe it is time for Utah to recognize the importance of considering the well-being of animals when issuing domestic violence protective orders. Such considerations will, in turn, provide victims with the security of knowing their pets are safe and thus remove a major obstacle to seeking safety for themselves. To protect pets and their human guardians, we strongly urge lawmakers to enable Utah to become the 36th state in the country to pass pet protective order legislation.***

Here is how YOU can help companion animals in Utah!

  1. Find out who your local representative is here.
  2. Write your representative a letter asking for their support for HB 175 (Protection of Animals Amendments). Use one of our templates below or create your own. Feel free to pull facts from the list above to bolster your argument!
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Thank you for supporting domestic violence victims and survivors and their beloved pets and thank you for helping us to Change Their World™.
 

*The National Domestic Violence Hotline

**RedRover

***Animal Welfare Institute


Option 1

“Hello, Representative XXXXXXX, As your constituent I am writing to ask you to support House Bill 175, the Protection of Animals Amendment. Most pet owners view their pets as a part of their family. 50% of pet owners experiencing domestic violence have said they did not leave their abuser for fear of harm coming to their pet. By enacting legislation to include pets in domestic violence protective orders, victims will be provided with the assurance necessary to flee from dangerous situations knowing their pets will be out of danger. There are 35 other states which already have this protection in place, and we believe enacting this bill will demonstrate Utah cares deeply about the victims of domestic violence, the majority of which are women and children. Please vote YES on H.B. 175 to provide loving pet families affected by domestic violence one more option to safely leave their abuser. Thank you.”

 

Option 2

Dear Representative XXXXXX,

[Introduce yourself as a concerned constituent]

[Explain why you believe pets should be included in domestic violence protective orders]

[Ask the Rep. to support HB 175 (Protection of Animals Amendments)]

[Thank them for their time and consideration]

Sincerely,

XXXXXX, a concerned constituent