According to a report from Fox21 officials say it can be difficult for a person in an abusive situation to leave if an animal is involved. Often times they have to leave the pet behind or bring them to a shelter.

But CASDA (Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse) is trying to ease the heartbreak of that situation. Shawna Weaver works as a Humane Education Manager at Animal Allies, but is now working on a project to help men, women and children who are in violent situations.

With 'Twin Ports Pet Safe Housing' CASDA will now be finding foster homes for pets while survivors try and find a safe place for themselves to live. Weaver says that every month they get calls at CASDA or Animal Allies asking what they can do about their pets?

This foster program will care for the pets for up to two months, so their owners can try to get settled in a safe, secure environment. For many people in an abusive situation their pets are friends and a source of comfort to them in a very difficult situation, so reuniting the animals with their families is so important.

Weaver and her team are looking for foster volunteers and also people willing to transport animals. If you are interest please contact Shawna Weaver at sweaver2@css.edu or click here to contact CASDA. A GoFundme Page has also been set up for Twin Ports Pets Safe Housing, to donate Click Here.