North Texas LINK Coalition Meeting – June 8, 2018

Special PresentationProviding Alternatives to Pet Surrender

The SPCA of Texas will present on the organization’s Pet Resource Center, designed to support pet owners who are at risk of having to surrender their pets. Don’t miss this important presentation!

When:    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Where:  SPCA of Texas 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, Texas 75212

Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 6, to Thank you.

Family violence and animal well being industry professionals and community advocates are welcome.


The LINK between Animal Well Being and Domestic Violence

WARNING: The North Texas LINK Coalition offers information that addresses some deeply serious issues surrounding the connection between violence towards animals and violence towards people. Some of the graphic information below may be disturbing to some readers. 


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When a person experiences violence in a relationship, it is scary, exhausting, humiliating, and ultimately life-threatening. Pet owners facing domestic violence may also find their pets targeted as a way to further induce pain and suffering and inflict control. Sadly, it is common for victims to endure ongoing abuse rather than seek safety if that safety means abandoning their animals.

The link between animal welfare and domestic violence has been firmly established, and the research is startling. The grim statistics include:

  • As many as 48% of battered women delay leaving abusive situations because they worry what will happen to their pets (Ascione, 2007)

  • 71% of pet-owning women entering a shelter reported that their husband or boyfriend killed, harmed, or threatened an animal (Ascione, 1998)
  • 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence (Humane Society of the United States, 2001)
  • Between 25% – 48% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets and livestock (Arkow, 2008)
  • Abusers kill, harm, or threaten children’s pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse (Lour, 1999)

Some content courtesy of the National LINK Coalition


2018 LINK Conference

2018 LINK Conference was a great success …

Thanks to our sponsors, speakers, panelists, and attendees!

Breaking the Cycles of Violence: A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities: Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Dallas, Texas.

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On March 9, 2018, professionals from cities throughout Texas and Oklahoma met in Dallas, Texas at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Richardson for an all-day conference, Breaking the Cycles of Violence, A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities. Keynote speaker was the internationally acclaimed lecturer, author and educator Phil Arkow, Chair of the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project, and Co-Founder of the National LINK Coalition. Breaking the Cycles of Violence explored the research-based LINK between animal abuse and human violence – “the dark side” of human-animal interactions and its impact on human relationships and social services, animal care and control, law enforcement and criminal justice, and human and veterinary medicine.

CLICK here to see the 2018 LINK Conference Brochure

Conference participants also heard presentations on link-related public policies, new animal cruelty code enhancements, and innovative programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims. Following the presentations, Mr. Arkow facilitated an open-floor Ask The Experts Q&A Panel featuring Felicia Kerney, Animal Cruelty Chief/Dallas County District Attorney’s Office; Shelby Bobosky, President/Texas Humane Legislative Network; David Alex, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office; and Art Munoz, Chief Investigator/SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit.

CEUs were offered: 4.5 hours TCOLE provided by The Family Place. 4.5 CLE hours provided by Texas Humane Legislation Network. 5.5 SW/LPC hours provided by The Family Place. 5.5 CE hours approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to apply toward animal control officer continuing education (CE) requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. 5.5 CE hours approved by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators [CAWA].

The Conference was hosted by the SPCA of Texas and North Texas LINK Coalition. Sponsors included:

Presenting Sponsor $10,000

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Gold Sponsor


 Bronze Sponsors

Adult Protective Services DFW Area, and these individuals; Linda Ross, Linda Yarbrough

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