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Stop Abuse and Violence Effort (SAVE)
SAVE Logo purple.jpgStop Abuse and Violence Effort (SAVE)
The purpose of Loudoun County Animal Services’ S.A.V.E program is to facilitate the community’s recognition and understanding of the dynamic connection between animal abuse and the cycle of family and societal violence. 

Loudoun County Animal Services’ goal is to combat violence in the home through a multi-discipline approach to ensuring the safety of humans and animals alike by focusing on the important role animals play, not only as victims but also therapeutic mediums teaching empathy and providing familial stability.

Animals and People Together - The LINK

  • Investigations of animal abuse is often the first point of intervention for a family experiencing domestic violence.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • Of those that make it to women’s shelters, 84 percent report that their abusers also hurt their animals.
  • According to a National Coalition Against Domestic Violence study 63.0% of children reported incidents of pet abuse after arriving at domestic violence shelters.
  • Of 236 people arrested for cruelty to animals:

¡  55% also arrested for non-animal-related felonies

¡  81% have 2 or more crimes in their history

¡  69% also arrested for battery

¡  41% are confirmed gang members

(Chicago Court Advocacy Study, 2009-2012)

  • There is a direct link between childhood animal cruelty and aggressive and violent interpersonal behavior in adulthood. (Ascione, 1992, 2001)

How LCAS Helps

  • Humane Education
  • Communication (form collaborative relationships with other County Departments)
  • C.A.R.E and the Loudoun Pet Pantry
  •  Temporary housing through L.A.W.S
  • Behavior, Adoption, Surrender Counseling for Animals
  • Legal Action

Resources for Law Enforcement Officers
To submit a Domestic Violence-Animal Abuse inquiry, please click here.  Once your inquiry has been submitted, it will be reviewed by an Animal Control Officer who will promptly address any noted concerns and begin investigating, as appropriate. If you have any further questions or would like to speak with an Animal Control Officer, please call 703-777-0406.

Additional Resources
  • Members of the Loudoun County Animal Services' (LCAS) Animal Control team provide SAVE presentations to interested members of the community.  Please contact LCAS at 703-777-0406 to schedule a presentation or to speak to a member of the SAVE team.  
  • The National Link Coalition provides educational resources and information about The LINK between animal abuse and violence.   
  • If you are in need of emergency housing assistance due to domestic violence in your home, there are shelters equipped to accept families of domestic violence along with their pets.  You can find a list of SAF-T™ shelters here
  • The Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)  provides temporary emergency shelter for physically, emotionally, or sexually abused women and their children.  LCAS supports LAWS in its  mission by providing temporary housing of pets during a family’s time of crisis.  

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