Recognize The Link®.
Prevent Violence in All Its Forms
In Alabama, a man is arrested on animal cruelty charges for
slitting the throat of his girlfriend’s Rottweiler. In
California, a woman calls a domestic violence shelter. Her
husband is battering her and her children but she fears leaving
without her two cats that are also being abused regularly. In
Colorado, neighbors contact authorities about a terrible odor
coming from a nearby home. Inside are found dozens of neglected,
abused, and dead dogs and cats, and an emaciated 12-year-old
These are the stories that grab headlines every day across
the country. They clearly demonstrate
The Link® the connection between violence to animals and
humans. Children who abuse animals are frequently victims of
violence themselves. And adults who abuse animals often are
violent toward others in the home, including children. This
connection shows that the protection of children and animals are
not mutually exclusive missions and that the effective
protection of one vulnerable group cannot occur without the
effective protection of the other.
As the United States’ only national organization
dedicated to the protection of both children and animals,
American Humane is at the forefront of identifying and
addressing the connection between animal abuse and human
violence through rigorous research, advocacy, professional
training seminars, and innovative public awareness and violence
prevention efforts. By implementing these programs and with
critical support from you we are working to put an end to the
shockingvheadlines of child and animal abuse.
How You Can Make a Difference for a Child
or Animal in Need
out. Talk to a parent who may be struggling with
a child or pet. Offer to baby-sit or dog walk. Offer to run an
errand or just be there to listen. You may help diffuse a
potentially explosive situation.
others. Talk to members of your community
groups, religious organizations, youth groups, and schools about
Contact us for free information to share with others.
involved. April is National Child Abuse
Prevention Month, and May is
National Foster Care Month. See what local events are
happening in your community and look for volunteer
opportunities. Read American Humane’s Fact Sheet
Guidelines for Helping Children Experiencing Abuse or Neglect.
up. Talk and write to your government
representatives. Let them know that animal abuse is often a “red
flag” for other types of abuse. Support legislation that
requires animal and child welfare workers to cross-report abuse.
Advocate for tougher animal abuse laws. Support legislation that
promotes zero tolerance for all forms of violence. Click
here to get informed.
Report! All you need to make a report is
reasonable suspicion or belief that abuse or neglect is
occurring. To report suspected child abuse, contact your local
child protective services agency, which might be called Social
Services, Children and Family Services, or Human Welfare. To
report suspected animal abuse, contact your local animal control
agency or humane society. If you feel that the situation is an
emergency, however, call your local law enforcement agency