According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds.
Many of these victims have pets who are also threatened and/or injured by their abuser.
Amanda knows the pain and trauma associated with domestic abuse firsthand. Several years ago, she was involved in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend who controlled and beat her.
Like many victims of domestic violence, Amanda was too afraid to leave.
Three years ago, Amanda took in an abandoned husky puppy named Kyro after seeing an ad on Craigslist. They formed an instant kinship.
Kyro became Amanda’s safe haven whenever her boyfriend would abuse her.
But one day, Amanda’s boyfriend took his anger out on Kyro. It was the first time the dog, not Amanda, physically suffered at the hands of her boyfriend. This was the final straw.
Amanda and Kyro took off together.
Soon, Amanda realized that taking photos of their travels — and specifically, Kyro — unlocked her passion and God-given talent for photography.
Their adventures became Amanda’s salvation. As for Kyro, he grew up to become a gorgeous 92-pound husky and the main subject of his mom’s stunning work.
“To this day, when I look in his big blue eyes, I know he knows I saved him and he saved me,” she writes on Buzzfeed.
Amanda now uses social media to keep her followers and loved ones up-to-date with her travels.
Her inspiring story is spreading a message of hope to others who are suffering from domestic violence