Ahimsa House services are available anywhere in Georgia and all services are completely free of charge.
Direct Services Programs
- A 24-hour statewide crisis line Emergency shelter for animals of any kind while their owners reach safety from domestic violence
- Veterinary care for pets with injuries and other health conditions due to the abuse, as well as preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter Forensic veterinary examinations to document abuse and assist in prosecuting abusers
- Assistance in transporting pets to accompany their owners to safety (both within GA and across the country)
- Pet food, pet supplies, payment of pet deposits in transitional housing, and other assistance victims may need Crates and other pet supplies for domestic violence shelters, including shelters that have their own on-site housing for pets
- Assistance in including pets in safety planning
- Legal advocacy to assist victims in listing their pets on temporary protective orders.
Outreach Services Program
- Training and cross-training for a wide range of human services and animal protection agencies
- Direct outreach to the public to raise awareness about this issue, including speaking at meetings of civic organizations, setting up information booths at community festivals and workplace health fairs, and placing information brochures and posters in veterinary clinics and other strategic locations across the state
- Consultation to prosecutors on cases involving co-occurring animal cruelty and domestic violence, including expert witness services
- A directory of programs of this type elsewhere
- Participating in interdisciplinary conferences and meetings, such as Domestic Violence Task Forces, to keep the issue of animal abuse in domestic violence “at the table”