Ahimsa House services are available to domestic violence victims anywhere in Georgia.
Ahimsa House can provide shelter for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, reptiles,
and "pocket pets" (gerbils, hamsters, etc.). We will attempt to accommodate other
animals as needed.
Ahimsa House provides three primary programs:
Emergency Animal Safehouse Program: Confidential temporary shelter for pets while
their families seek safety themselves.
This program accepts referrals from any victim services agency in Georgia.
Clients may self-refer if working with an agency, or if in possession of a Temporary
Protection Order (TPO). Clients are required to be actively working to seek safety
for themselves as well as their animals. Clients who do not meet these criteria will
be provided with referrals to assist them in readying to access our program.
Ahimsa House can also assist with related needs such as transportation of animals
to safety (both in-state and out-of-state), forensic veterinary examination to document
injuries, preventive/routine veterinary care, and treatment of illnesses and injuries.
24-Hour Crisis Line (404-452-6248): Available to victims and their representatives
regardless of whether entering Emergency Animal Safehouse program
Assistance with including pets in safety planning
Assistance with including pets in a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) to order abuser
to stay away from pets or to provide law enforcement escort to retrieve pets left
Assistance with establishing proof of ownership of pets
Referrals to programs outside Georgia
Referrals to other agencies and services
Professional Outreach and Community Education
Free training programs available for domestic violence agencies, law enforcement,
animal control, veterinarians, and other professionals serving the human and animal
victims of domestic violence (contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-496-4038)
Consultation to jurisdictions on prosecuting co-occurring animal cruelty and domestic
Consultation to other agencies on establishing similar programs in your area
Public awareness campaigns about the connections between animal abuse, child abuse,
partner violence, and elder abuse
Pet’s can be victims of domestic violence too.
Call animal protection or the police if you suspect an animal is being abused.