By Kristin Scriven
Introducing Tracy Vatne, Beacon of Hope’s Pet Victim Advocate and Foster Pet Program Coordinator! Tracy has been with Beacon of Hope for almost two years heading our foster pet program. Tracy’s favorite part of her job is getting to see a pet reunite with their owner. A fun fact about Tracy is that from 2013 to 2016 she fostered 63 dogs and over 80 cats!
A local Indianapolis native, Tracy has spent most of her life advocating on the behalf of animals. Tracy works with people in the community who would be willing to foster animals while their owners are leaving an abusive relationship. In abusive relationships, animals often suffer at the hand of an abuser. Pets are also used to control and manipulate victims of domestic violence.
Additionally, Tracy gives presentations around the community to raise awareness about how to prevent animal abuse and how animal abuse is directly linked to family violence. Advocating for animal rights is Tracy’s passion. Working for an organization where she can make a tangible difference in the lives of animals and victims is her dream job!
Thanks for your passion, Tracy! We’re so glad to have you on our team!
By Sandra K. Ziebold
Our Foster Pet Program helps victims leave their abusers. Victims do not want to leave their pets behind and when safe shelter doesn’t allow pets to come along our program temporarily safely provides for pets. The program consists of volunteer host families who agree to temporarily house pets while the victim is getting the help needed. This is a major barrier for many victims that need to leave their violent situation. When pets are used by abusers to control the primary victim often those pets need medical attention and with the help of our partners we provide whatever is needed for them. Our program is committed to supporting the needs of those who have been affected by violence.
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This blog is about our domestic and sexual violence crisis center, Beacon of Hope. We hope you find it full of helpful information, motivation, creativity, serious facts and positivity. We hope that it will help you know what is happening in our center, in our community and with our events. We hope you follow our blog in support of our organization and our mission.