The American Idol judge signs on to help open doors to pets at shelters for battered women.

By Kate Hogan
Updated December 29, 2008 10:10 PM

On television, she helps pop star wannabes find their voices. Now, Paula Abdul is giving voices to those that can’t be heard: battered pets. Abdul is joining forces with the American Humane Association’s Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) program, an initiative that allows pets at shelters for battered women.

According to a 1997 study, nearly 85 percent of all women entering domestic violence shelters reported that a partner had threatened, injured or killed the family pet. Thanks to PAWS, these women are empowered to save not only themselves, but their furry friends as well.

For Abdul, the organization holds a special place in her heart. “The relationship I have with my dogs is not only very special to me, but also a great source of comfort and peace of mind,” she said in a press release. “The PAWS Program is a critical way of providing a transition for abused women and children into a safer and better life. I feel privileged to be involved with this extremely important and necessary program.”

Watch out for Abdul in upcoming public service announcements for the program.