The whereabouts of the woman who had been forced to leave Chewy behind aren't known, but Gilliam hopes that by sharing their story, it will help other people with pets in abusive situations. If escaping with a pet isn't possible, local animal rescue groups can provide care for them in the meantime so both can make it through. Shelters will often assist in finding a way to keep pets and their owners together in these cases, too.
"This is a very overlooked issue as a whole," Gilliam said. "We also wanted to try and get the message to Chewy's mom that she did a brave thing and that he is safe and will have a great life."