When a victime has to leave a domestic violence situation, that departure is often hindered because of abusers' threats to animals, or because the victim doesn't want to leave pets behind. It's a real problem. But one organization, Redrover, is working with that problem and creating safe solutions all across the US and Canada.
Nicole Forsyth is President and CEO of RedRover, a nonprofit that helps bring animals from crisis to care, including in domestic violence cases. The three main programs of RedRover help people and animals in crisis, whether that is a natural disaster or a DV problem. This includes working with shelters to learn how to accommodate animals and the humans who need help. The organization also has a program for children designed to reinforce the human-animal bond and emotions. The group also helps with resources for animal medical care.
Forsythe authored an interactive digital book and game as part of the RedRover Readers program. She has a Master of Science in Animal Biology and Welfaree, and another masters in Communication and she shares he experience helping animals and their people in this episode of 3 Women 3 Ways.