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Paula Abdul is to launch a new charity auction on May 7th to raise money for American Humane’s Pets And Women’s Shelters program (PAWS).

“The PAWS Program is a critical way of providing a transition for abused women and children into a safer and better life,” said Abdul when she signed on as spokesperson for the campaign. “I feel privileged to be involved with this extremely important and necessary program.”

The PAWS campaign acknowledges the richness of the bond between people and their pets, which often provide unconditional love and comfort to adult domestic violence victims and their children. For that reason — as well as for the safety of the pets — American Humane strongly advocates keeping domestic violence victims and their pets together whenever possible.

“I now know that up to 48% of abused women refuse to leave – or delay leaving – an abusive home because they have no safe place for their pets,” said Abdul. "Being a pet lover myself, I can’t imagine having to separate from my dogs – Bessie, Chomps, Thumbelina and Tulip – especially in times of crisis. The PAWS program is changing that and will help save countless lives.

“Only six shelters are known to currently house pets on-site, with five more in progress. I encourage you to contact American Humane to learn more about how you can start a PAWS program.”

Abdul is to auction off over 2000 designer items from her closet for the PAWS program. To access the auction, which will begin on May 7th at 7pm Pacific Time, or to find out more about the PAWS program and Paula Abdul’s involvement, visit the American Humane website.

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