All of the residents of Good Mews are special, of course, but we have one lady who is extra special. Tricky is a victim of domestic violence and she was harmed by a man as a means of exerting control over a woman; in families affected by domestic violence, this is not uncommon.
Tricky came to Good Mews through Ahimsa House, Georgia’s first and only organization dedicated to helping the human and animal victims of domestic violence reach safety together. Ahimsa, meaning “non-voilence” in Sanskrit, provides emergency pet safehousing, veterinary care, pet-related safety planning, legal advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line and outreach programs. According to Ahimsa House statistics, nearly 50% of individuals delay escaping abuse because of concern about their pets.
Tricky’s injuries left her paralyzed and requiring a great deal of daily care. In cases where an animal cannot be reunited with their owner, Ahimsa House does try to find a new home but that was unlikely in Tricky’s case. Good Mews was contacted to see if we had a place for Tricky and she’s been happily living at our shelter since 2006.
People are sometimes shocked and saddened when they first see Tricky. While the circumstances that led to Tricky’s paralysis are both she is anything but sad. Tricky has no trouble pulling herself through the shelter to find the perfect napping spot, she can be enticed to play when the mood strikes her (here is video proof of that), and she tolerates the daily bathes and diaper changes like a champ. Tricky can teach us all a little something about dignity through adversity.
If you find yourself in an abuse situation and are delaying seeking help because of your pets, know that there is help available. Check out the FAQs on the Ahimsa House website for advice on how to keep all the members of your family safe.
And to keep up with Tricky’s regular musings and her budding romance with RonJon, follow her on Facebook. If you’d like to show Tricky a little love and help the shelter at the same time, you can send her a package of diapers by visiting the Good Mews wish list on Amazon.