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Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims

Safe Haven Foster Program

The Wisconsin Humane Society and Sojourner Family Peace Center have partnered to provide the Safe Haven program, which offers up to 60 days of shelter for animals of domestic violence victims.

Research finds that 71 percent of women with animals seeking shelter reported that their partner had threatened, hurt or killed their animal (Ascione, Weber and Wood, 1997). Abusers often use animals as pawns to manipulate and control their victim, taking advantage of the victim’s concern for his or her animal. Abusers may threaten, harm, or kill animals to intimidate victims, demand silence about the abuse, or prevent them from leaving.

Many victims are hesitant to leave a dangerous situation because they fear for their animal’s safety. The Safe Haven program makes it possible for victims to leave an abusive relationship without losing their companion animal. Animals provide companionship, comfort, and unconditional love to victims and children affected by domestic violence, and preserving the bond between families and their animals is vitally important.

I need help. How do I enroll in the Safe Haven program?
If you know of a family or animal in danger or need to access this program yourself, contact Sojourner Family Peace Center at 414-933-2722.

How can I help support the Safe Haven Program?

  • Spread the word! Print out and post a flyer about the program. 
  • Volunteer as a foster parent. Opening your home to an animal through the Safe Haven program not only provides a comfortable home environment for the animal, but also peace of mind for their family. Your generosity will help save lives – both human and animal. More information and an application are available here
  • Donate! You can make a contribution exclusively for Safe Haven here