The Adams County SPCA in partnership with YWCA Hanover SafeHome is inviting everyone to participate in the first annual Purple Paws Pet Walk.
This event will be held at the Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane, on September 24 from 1-3 p.m. You are invited to bring your leashed dog to walk with you. There is no cost to participate, but donations are gratefully accepted. All donations will be split between the two non-profit organizations that are hosting. We welcome sponsorships from businesses.
Our purpose in walking is to raise awareness and educate the public about the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. YWCA Hanover SafeHome helps assist victims with housing, clothing, legal advocacy, and other services. The Adams County SPCA assists with taking care of victims’ animals offering boarding, spay/neuter and vaccinations. Other community organizations will be present at the walk to offer other types of assistance.
Years of research support the idea that there is a direct link between acts of cruelty to animals escalating to violence against humans, including children and elders.
71% of domestic violence victims report that their abuser also abused or neglected animals in the home. 43% of those who commit school shootings have also committed acts of cruelty to animals.
Working together to show that help is available, we can make a difference. Please join us in this effort on Sept. 24.