Survivor Packet

Services are available to any person who is providing care for pets who survived domestic violence murder-suicide in Georgia.

Ahimsa House does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, immigration status, age, gender identity/expression, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, veteran’s or military status, or any other protected characteristic under the law. Any client of the Ahimsa House has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination under this policy without fear of retaliation. Any and all inquiries regarding the applications of this statement and related policies may be referred to:

  • Myra Rasnick
  • Executive Director, Ahimsa House
  • PO Box 2173
  • Tucker, GA 30085
  • 404-496-4038
  • director@ahimsahouse.org

The services program is designed to provide emergency assistance for pet survivors of murder-suicide. To request services, the new caregiver or a representative can call the 24 hour hotline at 404-452-6248.

Ahimsa House reserves the right to determine any animal unfit to receive housing services either at the outset or after the animal has entered the program.

Pets may only be dropped off at a location previously approved by Ahimsa House.

Ahimsa House reserves the right to move any animal without first notifying the client to best provide care for the pet while it is in our program. However, clients will receive updates on the pet's location as soon as possible once a pet has been moved. Ahimsa House will also attempt to notify clients of the plans to move a pet to a new location when at all possible.

Ahimsa House typically covers up to 60 days of animal housing and basic veterinary care. The type and exact amount of assistance (both direct services and on-going support) will be determined by Ahimsa House at its sole discretion.

All veterinary and boarding charges must be pre-approved by Ahimsa House. Ahimsa House pays for boarding and the following veterinary services: Vaccinations (Rabies, DHLP-P, Bordetella, FVRCP), Feline Leukemia/FIV Test, heartworm test, wellness exam, and treatment of injuries caused by abuse and/or neglect.

Ahimsa House must speak with a veterinarian or boarding facility prior to rendering of any services.

Ahimsa House is required to spay or neuter domestic pets if our veterinary partners determine that the pet is stable enough for the procedure to be medically safe and appropriate.

Ahimsa House reserves the right to select a veterinary/boarding facility and/or foster home of its choice. Animals may be housed in boarding facilities, foster homes, or a combination of both.

Even if you know your pet's location, ALL communication must go through an Ahimsa House representative.

Clients are required to maintain contact with us on a regular basis. Ahimsa House reserves the right to change the type and amount of assistance offered to the client as the result of changes in the client's status.

Clients have the right to call Ahimsa House at (404) 496-4038 any time between the hours of 9AM - 5PM to ask about the animal(s). Clients with emergency needs, may call the hotline at (404) 452-6248 at any time.

Clients have the right to take custody of their animal(s) any time before the program's time limit.

Clients must intend to remain in the state of Georgia. If you are relocating to another state, please speak with an Ahimsa House advocate for information on how we can assist with your relocation. If you leave the state of Georgia without prior permission, your pet(s) is considered abandoned.

Clients will be notified by phone, text, or email if they are nearing the limit of services.

Once the program's time limit has expired, animal(s) are deemed relinquished. After 10 days from the expiration, the animal(s) may be put up for adoption, surrendered to animal control, or euthanized.

Ahimsa House reserves the right to require the animal(s) be retrieved by you if problems should arise. In this case, you have no more than 24 hours to retrieve the animal(s). You will be notified by phone (this includes messages left). After the 24 hours expire, the animal(s) is considered relinquished (see above).

Ahimsa House reserves the right to terminate services at any time and for any reason. Effort will be made to provide reasonable notice to clients.

An Ahimsa House representative will contact the client in the event that the animal(s) may require euthanasia. The reasons for euthanasia are severe injury or terminal illness.

If a veterinary inspection indicates that the animal has been abused or neglected, Ahimsa House reserves the right to press charges against the abuser(s) under the Georgia Animal Protection Act, O.C.G.A. 4-11-1.

For security reasons, if the animal(s) is placed in a boarding facility, the location of the facility may or may not be disclosed to the client. If the animal is placed in foster care, the foster home's identity and location will not be disclosed to the client and vice versa. Visitation may be allowed but not guaranteed. ALL communication will occur via Ahimsa House staff.

Ahimsa House Policies & Procedures Agreement *

REQUEST FOR SERVICES AND CONSENT TO CARE/CUSTODY


I, (name), request the assistance of Ahimsa House, Inc. ("Ahimsa House") with temporary shelter and/or necessary medical care for the animal(s) listed below.

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Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: parvo, heartworms, diabetes, cancer, abscesses, broken bones, lesions, burns, glaucoma, wolf worm, etc.

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I, the owner of the animal(s), understand and consent to all of the above.