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The Safe Havens Mapping Project is a searchable directory for pets of those experiencing domestic violence, created and managed by the Animal Welfare Institute.

Search near you for safe havens for pets of individuals who are experiencing domestic violence

The Animal Welfare Institute launched the Safe Havens for Pets database in 2011. Safe havens are sheltering services that help individuals who are experiencing domestic violence place their companion animals out of harm’s way so that these individuals may seek safety for themselves. Entities included in the directory—which is continually refined and updated—provide sheltering services for the animals of domestic violence victims, have a relationship with an entity that does, or provide referrals to such facilities.

Safe Havens Mapping Project for Pets of Domestic Violence Survivors


First Strike: An Introduction to the Connection Between Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence


The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence

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ALDF The Link Factsheet:

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Additional Resources:

National Link Coalition

State-by-State How Do I Report Suspected Abuse

PAWS: The Animal Abuse-Human Violence Connection

PETA: Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime

The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education

Please note that any of the below information may be outdated, this page was created in 2010. The above information has been updated as of March 2023.

First Strike – The Violence Connection

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Between Human and Animal Abuse

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Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Helping Women and Pets Escape Violence

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Mandatory Reporting of Students Who Abuse Animals: please sign, additional important information

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