On 10/5/2023, Making A Difference Now held a successful conference with over 100 people in Lexington, Kentucky – bringing together social services, animal welfare and local officials to learn about the link between animal and human violence.

OAA’s Executive Director, Vicki Deisner, spoke on the success of Ohio’s cross-reporting law that mandates social workers, counselors, therapists and veterinarians report animal abuse, and law enforcement, animal control officers and dog wardens report child abuse. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month – it is important to remember when you save a pet – you often save a family.