Community Partnership Expands Pet Services to Victims of Domestic Violence
S.A.F.E. House and Alliance Foundation Partner to Keep Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Pets Together During Times of Crisis
Henderson, NV: S.A.F.E. House, a non-profit committed to stopping domestic violence in the family environment, has partnered with Alliance Foundation to expand its capacity to serve domestic violence victims and their pets. The mission of the Alliance Foundation is to help people build a path to prosperity through programs focused on food, shelter, and emotional support. The Alliance Foundation will provide critical funding to S.A.F.E. House to pay for boarding and basic veterinary care, as well as food and toys for pets.
According to Beth Flory, Executive Director of S.A.F.E. House, “Not only are abusive partners more likely to harm pets, they will use pets as a method to coerce victims into staying in the relationship. As a longtime pet owner, I can’t imagine leaving my dog to enter an emergency shelter, especially if I didn’t trust the person or place providing her care.” S.A.F.E. House has used community resources to support victims’ pets in the past, however this partnership will provide a much quicker, reliable and efficient method of removing this barrier for victims.
“The Alliance Foundation is proud to partner with S.A.F.E House,” said Brad Barrie, President of Alliance Foundation. “Our research has shown that in over 70% of cases an abuser has threatened to kill or harm the victim’s pet if they attempt to leave the abusive relationship. We believe this program will help to eliminate this barrier so that the victims can begin their new Path to Prosperity in life. With continued support we look to expand this program. In addition, we plan to include pet therapy for victims of domestic violence, as we believe pets can provide significant emotional support.”
This partnership represents how two agencies can unite to address important needs in the Henderson and the greater Las Vegas metro community.