RESOURCES FOR ANIMAL SAFETY
The following is a list of organizations that address domestic violence and pets as well as animal advocacy and safety.
“The goals of this Center are:
- To provide a Web Library of legal and policy materials as relates to animals.
- To provide expert explanation of the materials for both the lawyer and the non-lawyer.
- To be an education center for this material, offering courses at different levels of education, with and without credit.
- To provide an historical perspective about social and legal attitudes toward animals, and how we got to our present perspective.”
The American Humane Association
“The mission of American Humane Association is to ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of children and animals, and to unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals to the mutual benefit of both. Our goal is to measurably, demonstrably and significantly increase the number of children and animals who are protected from harm — and the number of humans and animals whose lives are enriched — through direct action, thought leadership, policy innovation, and expansion of proven, effective programs.”
ASPCA|The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
“Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is ‘to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.’ The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.”
Red Rover (Formerly United Animal Nations)
Red Rover “focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and into care through a variety of programs, including emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services, financial assistance for urgent veterinary care and humane education.”
National Link Coalition
“The Link between violence against humans and violence against animals is widely known and understood. We believe that through the recognition and integration of this understanding into policies and practices nationwide, humans and animals will be measurably safer.”
The Linkage Project
“The Linkage Project, a program of Youth Alternatives Ingraham, is working to increase community awareness of the strong link between animal cruelty and human violence. What’s more, project leaders are training human and animal welfare workers and law enforcement officers from across the state to work together to stop violence against people and pets. The Project also works to change law, policy and practice so that people and pets are safer.”
SAF-T | Sheltering Animals and Families Together
The foundation for a successful SAF-T programs rests on a few basic principles:
(1) The family violence shelter partnering with a local animal shelter or animal rescue organization. This partnership will help if the shelter is unable to care for certain pets, as well as providing general guidance about animal sheltering care.
(2) The family violence shelter partnering with a veterinarian. This partnership will allow for incoming pets to receive a physical examination, basic medical care, medical care for injuries sustained from abuse, or to provide to expert testimony in court regarding animal abuse.
(3) The family is the primary caretaker of their pet while staying at the family violence shelter. This alleviates concerns about residents and staff being injured by a stressed pet.
(4) Keeping SAF-T simple so that your shelter can successfully start and sustain the program to help families.
HSUS | The Humane Society of the United States
“We help animals by advocating for better laws to protect animals; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through our sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics.”
The Animal Legal Defense Fund
“Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:
- Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.
- Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
- Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.
- Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.
- Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program.
- Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.”
“Started in 2001, Pet-Abuse.Com provides a searchable database of animal cruelty cases and offenders, updated daily. We also compile aggregate statistics on animal abuse for use by animal advocacy groups, researchers and students. We also offer local case searches and interactive maps.”
A.A.R.D.V.A.R.C | An Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence Aid & Resource Collection
“The goal of this website is to assist efforts to aid and support those trying to remove themselves from abusive situations and build healthier, stronger lives. For individuals, we hope to provide general educational and reference material as well as a comprehensive nationwide directory of services for ‘one stop shopping’.”
Noah’s Animal House – (NEVADA)
Noah’s Animal House will provide temporary boarding for the dogs & cats of the clients of The Shade Tree Shelter. In addition, foster parents will be available for special pets that require more living space, such as farm animals. Veterinary services will be on hand at time of arrival and during the animal’s stay. The kennel will be built on the existing land of The Shade Tree, to allow frequent visitation and security for the owners, while allowing distance from the non-pet-owning clients.
Go to our Resources and Links section for more animal advocacy organizations.