Every hour of every day in the United States alone, hundreds of people and their companion animals suffer abuse. Animal cruelty is strongly correlated with violence against people, and pets are often used as “pawns” in domestic violence situations to prevent family members from speaking up or leaving the abusive relationship. In fact, survivors stay on average two years longer in a violent home if there’s a family pet involved.

Our Safe Haven program ensures that domestic violence survivors can find safety for their pets when they leave an abusive situation. Pet owners can seek emergency shelter with their animals through Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS), and we arrange for anonymous foster care or boarding for the pets. We also collaborate with several animal welfare partners and social welfare agencies, including the District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program. Plus, victims and law enforcement can contact us directly for support.

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Become a foster family!

We are looking for loving foster families to provide temporary refuge for Safe Haven pets. Please reach out at foster@care4paws.org if you are able to help a dog or cat in need.