The EmBark Foundation’s mission is to provide support and services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, child abuse, and other traumatic experiences. Beyond this, we also serve those who struggle with mental health issues as a result of trauma. We fulfill this mission by providing funds for the adoption of a rescue animal and assuring ongoing support and care for both survivors and their furry friends. This ongoing support includes but is not limited to the funding of veterinary bills, pet supplies as needed, Emotional Support Animal (ESA) certification, and survivor care packages to the survivor and/or their rescue animal. Throughout the United States, The EmBark Foundation, Inc. provides services to survivors and their animals in order to EmBark on a journey of mutual healing. Our overall goal is to foster a safe and comfortable environment for survivors, rescue animals, and their allies while promoting awareness for the experiences and healing process of survivors. EmBark embodies a positive support system regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual identity/preference, age, ability, or economic status while acknowledging the role of intersectionality in trauma.
Our first adoption, Sasha!
Our first cat adoption, Mr. Cat!
Our second dog adoption, Barry!
The Issue Addressed
Sexual violence, intimate-partner violence, domestic violence, child-abuse and other traumatic events are issues that plague our communities everyday but often go unnoticed. This creates an undue burden on the survivor that systems in the US have been unable to thoroughly address. This burden can be expressed and experienced in many forms, whether mentally, physically, and/or emotionally.
At least 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men are survivors of domestic violence. Approximately 1 in 6 women will be raped annually in the US. This is not counting repeated violence. 1 in 7 children are survivors of abuse and/or neglect. Suicide takes the lives of over 48,300 Americans every year. We cannot let these communities go unsupported.
Owning a rescue animal is beneficial for both the owner and the pet. People with pets have been shown to have lower rates of depression and anxiety, greater overall health, decreased loneliness and social isolation, & an overall sense of security and routine that provided emotional and social support. With this, the owner is also able to save an animal from euthanasia or from living their life in the shelter.
Through our programming, we are able to enhance the life of both the survivor and the rescue animal.