You Can Help Pass the PAWS Act

Do my new little puppy friends remind you of anyone? Maybe this will help jog your memory.

That’s right. They’re the stuffed version of that cute puppy that sang the Bayer K9 Advantix commercial. Keeping bugs off of dogs and cats is pretty important business, but now the good people at Bayer are involved in something that’s even more important.

It’s called the Pet and Women’s Safety (PAWS) Act. The PAWS Act is bicameral (that means U.S. House and Senate) and bipartisan (that means Democrats and Republicans) legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets. The act expands existing federal domestic violence protections to include threats or acts of violence against a victim’s pet, and provides grant funding to programs that offer shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with pets. The bill also requires the full amount of the victim’s losses for purposes of restitution in domestic violence and stalking offenses to include any costs incurred for veterinary services relating to physical care for the victim’s pet. Here are a few important statistics for you:

  • 71% of pet-owning women entering emergency shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed, or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.
  • 48% of domestic violence survivors report they are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave.
  • Fewer than 5% of domestic violence shelters across the country accept pets.

So what can you do to change those statistics? You can start by clicking here to learn more about the PAWS Act and why it’s so important. And then take the next step by writing to your U.S. representatives to urge them to support the PAWS Act. It’s simple. Just click here and scroll down to fill in the information. You don’t even need to know who your representatives are (although you should). The form does all the work for you.

My humans learned about the PAWS Act when we attended the BlogPaws 2017 conference. That’s when my human mommy wrote to our representatives using the form. The results were a little mixed. Representative Cedric Richmond responded quickly, but his obvious form letter was all about this year’s congressional budget and spending process . . . not one mention of or reference to the PAWS Act. At least Senator Bill Cassidy’s letter referenced the actual act and called it “important,” before he said that it’s been referred to a committee on which he doesn’t serve. And from Senator John Kennedy . . . well, Mommy has yet to hear from our junior senator. But she’s not giving up, and I hope you won’t either.

We’ve covered some pretty serious stuff today. I don’t often write about serious things, but this is important. At the BlogPaws conference, Mommy met a lady who had to make the difficult choice to stay in an abusive situation or go to a shelter but leave her pets behind. You can imagine how important her pets were to her. As she said, they were all she had. Fortunately, she found a local shelter that accepts pets. Not all victims of abuse and their pets are as lucky. I hope you’ll take just a few minutes to learn more about the PAWS Act and to take action to protect victims of domestic abuse and their pets across the United States. It’s important.

 

 

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27 Comments on “You Can Help Pass the PAWS Act”

  1. CarolMaeWY says:

    We sent in our comments. Sure hope it helps Women and children and pets in need. Thanks for sharing this important information. Now where do we get that cute puppy?

    • Thank you so much for contacting your representatives. You’re great! Mommy says she loves that you think I’m cute, but you can’t have me. Oh, you meant the stuffed puppy. Haha! 😉 We got those at the BlogPaws Bayer booth. If you’ll send me an email with your address, I’ll have my human mommy/blogging assistant put one in the mail for you . . . the one that’s been less “loved” by Tallulah. 🙂 My email is misslee@thek9harperlee.com.

  2. Our paws vote in favor of this one!

  3. Golden Woofs says:

    LOVE the way you presented Bayer’s PAWS Act. Woofs to you Harper Lee 🙂

    • Thank you! The more she thinks about it, the more my human mommy is motivated to get really activate on the PAWS Act. And when she’s motivated, she’s like a dog with a bone. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much, Miss Harper Lee, for this info which I confess I have never given any consideration. I sent messages and tweets to our US Senators Graham and Scott and to Rep Joe Wilson.
    The stats are horrific, and I think your human mommy is the perfect person to lead the charge for change.
    You look beautiful as ever, Miss Harper Lee.

    • Somehow we knew we could count on you to voice your support for the cause! 😉 I’ll be interested to hear the responses you receive. Mommy expected better from our Rep. Cedric Richmond. She was not at all surprised by the total lack of response from Sen. John Kennedy. But she’s not giving up. They’ll find a link to this blog post in their mailboxes before the July 4 recess. Maybe they’ll pay more attention when a beautiful Golden Retriever is making the plea. 😉

  5. CarolMaeWY says:

    Reblogged this on Home Sweet Home Wyoming and commented:
    Will you please help. . .

  6. CarolMaeWY says:

    We hope with today’s attention the representatives will listen.

  7. spencerthegoldendoodle says:

    It was wonderful meeting you guys in person at BlogPaws! What a powerful message, PAWS act is! Out of our three senators, I received two emails back from one of them and one from another thanking me for bringing this topic to their attention.

  8. We wrote our representatives and hope that more places open up for abused women with their pets.

  9. Ogee says:

    This IS important. Thanks for sharing. On it now.

    • Knew we could count on you!

      • Ogee says:

        We’ll be sharing on our Homeward Bound FB page this week as well. Thanks for getting it out there.

      • CarolMaeWY says:

        You’re welcome. I’ll watch for it so I can retweet it. A few friends on twitter retweeted it. Hope they wrote letters too. It feels good to do something that could mean so much ch to somebody. Of course I’m a sucker for pets. Anxious to hear from my Congress critters. Sen. Enzi takes forever to reply.
        Good night.

  10. Jan K says:

    This is very important indeed. I filled out the form, and I feel pretty sure I’ll hear back from at least one of my senators and my representative (one senator is new and I have not contacted her yet so I’m not sure). I would think they will definitely support this. Actually, I cannot see why anyone wouldn’t. Let’s hope they use some common sense on this one (since they don’t always…ha ha).

    • You know what they say about common sense . . . it’s not all that common. 😉 But I’m with you. I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t support this act. Thanks for helping to push it along!


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