Numerous studies point to a strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic abuse.
That's why the co-owner of Express Cafe on North Main Street in Elmira is teaming with A Voice for All Animals/Second Chance Ranch for a benefit to help both the ranch and the Elmira Salvation Army domestic violence shelter.
Express Cafe will host a benefit March 18 through 20 that will feature music, raffles, cupcake sales and other activities. The benefit will raise money to enable A Voice for All Animals to buy a truck for the ranch, located near Wellsburg.
In the meantime, cafe owners also placed a receptacle near the front door for people to donate toiletries and other necessities for the shelter. A similar receptacle is in place at Barb's Soup's On Cafe.
Express Cafe will hold a dinner to support the ranch in April, although no date has been set.
"The Salvation Army and other organizations are very important to me. I'm not only the person who has an animal rescue group, but my motivation is always education and awareness," said Linda Reichel, operator of A Voice for All Animals.
"People don't get the correlation between family violence and animal abuse."
The domestic violence shelter has 15 beds and takes referrals from all over the state, said Salvation Army Major Chris Stephens.
Domestic violence victims stay anywhere from a few days up to 30 days and longer, depending on the situation, Stephens said.