Pet Research Project

Colorado advocates and scholars have been gathering data about children exposed to intimate partner violence and animal cruelty since 2011, and we are excited to share our results!

Executive Summary

Community Report

Practice Implications

Safety Planning with Animals-Examples



Sheltering Pets Toolkit

These tools will help you explore the variety of strategies that may increase options for survivors who have pets.

On this spectrum, you may need to consider:

Becoming ADA compliant

-Creating partnerships with local resources, including vets, pet shelters, etc.

Form Templates: MOU, Animal Intake, Client Agreement, Consent & Release, etc.

Converting your shelter to co-house pets

Safety Planning with Pets:
Things to Consider

  • Does the survivor have family or friends who can keep, watch, or help care for animals?
  • Document pet ownership (photos, vet records, adoption receipts, microchip)
  • Include animals in protection orders
  • If planning to leave, include pet items in your “go” bag (food, medications, vaccination records, favorite toy, etc.)
Red Rover provides grants to help survivors board their pets while they are in a shelter and to help DV shelters become pet-friendly.

The AKC Humane Fund offers a grant to assist DV shelters that already accept pets

The Veterinary Care Foundation provides funds for veterinarians to help pets of families in crisis.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides a variety of grants that may apply to survivors’ needs.

Animal Protection of New Mexico created CARE, a network of safe havens for the animals of domestic violence victims in the state.

A Florida DV shelter partnered with SAF-T to construct an onsite kennel for families with pets.

In 2013, a nonprofit called the Urban Resource Institute opened the first shelter in New York City that allows domestic violence victims live with their pets (more)

Increasing Options for Survivors and Pets

  • Partner with local veterinarian/animal shelter/animal rescue to help with vaccinations, medical needs, and/or off-site sheltering (More)
  • Recruit volunteers for fostering animals
  • Develop a list of pet-friendly housing to help clients transition out of shelter
  • Provide emotional support animal documentation to assist with no-pet rental policies and pet fees (More)