Ahimsa House, meaning "nonviolence" in Sanskrit, was founded in 2004 by Emily Christie after she lost a pet to domestic violence. Ahimsa House became Georgia's first and only organization dedicated to helping the human and animal victims of domestic violence reach safety together.
Originally, Ahimsa House maintained a central shelter for animals at a secret location in metro Atlanta. In Fall 2006, we recognized the need to change our program model in an effort to operate more cost-effectively and to better serve victims statewide. In March 2007, Ahimsa House launched the Emergency Animal Safehouse Services program, which houses animals via a network of foster homes and boarding facilities across the state.
To date, we have provided over 74,643 nights of emergency safe shelter to 1,568 pets while their owners sought safety from domestic violence
We've served 1,021 dogs, 482 cats and 64 other types of pets (bearded dragons, horses, guinea pigs, ferrets, goldfish, chickens)
We have been able to reunite 91% of our clients with their pets once everyone was safe
To date, we have received 12,672 calls to our 24-hour crisis line from victims of domestic violence seeking assistance
Ahimsa House was given the Animal Defender Award from the Fulton County DA's Office at the 4th Annual National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference
Ahimsa House was awarded the Task Force Member/Agency of the Year by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence in 2015
How We Help
Ahimsa House services are available to domestic violence victims anywhere in Georgia. We provide shelter for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, reptiles and pocket pets(such as hamsters and gerbils).
Ahimsa House provides two primary programs:
1. Direct Services Program (24-hour crisis line and direct assistance to victims with pets)
2. Professional outreach and community education initiatives to raise awareness about the link between animal abuse and domestic violence