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Strategic and well resourced safety net programs should be in place to enable and encourage collaboration between key agencies (animal shelters, rescues, veterinarians, law enforcement, human service providers, food banks and policy makers) to identify situations where keeping pets and people together may be the best course of action and ensure that vital services are provided to accomplish this goal.  We are learning how effective collaboration between animal welfare, law enforcement and human service agencies can be in helping people keep pets, reducing the numbers of animals entering shelters, and allowing more effective use of shelter and law enforcement resources.  

Crisis Support and Emergency Fostering

PAWS Chicago has a crisis foster program.
"Hardship happens. You shouldn’t have to lose your pet because of it.  
If you’re suffering from a financial, health, domestic or other crisis and need a temporary home for your dog or cat, we’re here to help."  

Whether because of a house fire, natural disaster, medical condition, or domestic violence, people from all walks of life can find themselves temporarily displaced from their home.  Recognizing that there is a need for emergency sheltering of pets, The Anti-Cruelty Society has established the SAFE program. Providing 30 days of free care to approved applicants, this invaluable service keeps pets safe while their owners seek out new housing

"When animal shelters fill up or families are displaced, innocent pets often pay the ultimate price. These pets need a temporary home – sometimes only a few weeks. Together, we can keep families from being separated and make sure that shelters do not have to euthanize pets because of space, timing, or age. Please join our group of Foster Heroes and we’ll let you know when a pet in your area needs help."

The Safe Haven Network is a grassroots volunteer-run organization focused on supporting domestic violence survivors and their pets. By providing a dedicated service focused on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, The Safe Haven Network offers safety options, support, and the peace of mind for the whole family as they escape abuse and heal together.

One of the top ten reasons people give up their pets is because of a personal crisis, like a medical emergency that requires an extended hospital stay or losing their home to foreclosure. This is where Blessed Bonds comes in. We offer temporary assistance to those who want to keep their animal companions but are having difficulties that prevent them from meeting their pets’ daily needs.

The RedRover Relief Safe Escape grant program helps families with pets safely escape domestic violence together.  Funding is mainly provided to help with the cost of temporary pet boarding while a client is in a domestic violence shelter, though other costs associated with boarding (like vaccinations) can be considered.

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