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Animal Safe Haven

Animal Safe Haven Program

Pet Helpers’ Animal Safe Haven Program, a unique initiative dedicated to ensuring the safety of both domestic violence victims and their beloved pets. Our program operates in close collaboration with Domestic Violence Programs and local police, offering a lifeline to those in urgent need of protection.

The Animal Safe Haven Program is designed to provide a secure and confidential environment for pets of domestic violence victims. We understand that concern for pet safety often prevents victims from seeking help, forces them to return to their abusers, or deters them from leaving abusive situations altogether. Our goal is to eliminate this barrier by offering a safe place for pets, enabling victims to seek refuge without fear for their animal companions.

Program Highlights

  • Confidential and Secure Foster Homes: Pets entering our program are housed in confidential, specially trained foster homes. These homes are carefully selected and trained to ensure the highest level of care and security for your pets.
  • Cost-Free Care: There is no cost to the owner for housing their pets in our program. We believe that financial constraints should not prevent anyone from seeking the safety they deserve.
  • Collaborative Efforts: We work hand-in-hand with Domestic Violence Programs and local law enforcement to provide a seamless support network for victims and their pets.

The Need for Safe Havens

Research underscores the critical need for programs like ours:

  • A study found that over a quarter of domestic violence victims remain in abusive relationships for a median duration of two years to avoid leaving their pets behind.
  • Between 18-48% of domestic violence victims delay leaving or return to their abuser out of fear for their pets’ welfare.
  • Alarmingly, up to 89% of pet-owning women entering shelters report that their abuser had injured, killed, or threatened family pets.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women. By providing a safe haven for pets, we aim to empower victims to seek safety without leaving behind their cherished companions.

Contact Us

For more information about the Animal Safe Haven Program or to seek assistance, please contact us at:

Your safety and the safety of your pets are our top priorities. Reach out to us today to find the help you need.

*Program admittance is based on securing a qualified foster.

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