Safe Animals, Safe People
Domestic violence affects all family members, including pets. SNAAP works to raise awareness about domestic violence and animal cruelty in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and to provide assistance to victims, both human and animal. By recognizing the connection between domestic violence, animal cruelty and child abuse, we hope to better identify violent homes to prevent future abuse.
Similar to what occurred during Hurricane Katrina, when victims refused to leave their homes after the storm because emergency shelters would not take their pets, many pet-owners will not leave a pet behind in an abusive situation. In one national study, roughly 48 percent of women said they had delayed leaving an abusive situation because they feared for the safety of their pet.
By providing helpful and necessary programs and resources, it is our hope that survivors will be more inclined to leave an abusive situation and seek services knowing that their pet will be taken care of. SNAAP also has many ways to get involved to help us achieve our goals of providing domestic violence victims and their pets safe and reliable options as they seek shelter.
For a comprehensive list of Safe Haven programs across the country, visit SafePlaceforPets.
If this is an emergency, dial 911.
To report animal cruelty and neglect: