Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™ is the first and only global initiative guiding domestic violence shelters on how to house families together with their pets. SAF-T enables more domestic violence victims to leave abusive households without leaving their pets behind and at risk. SAF-Talso recognizes the human-animal bond and that family pets can provide comfort, reassurance and healing to adult and child survivors.
SAF-T was created in recognition that families who are abused often have pets and do not wish to be separated from them when fleeing their abusive environment. The SAF-T Start-Up Manual sets forth three housing styles and answers questions about how to safely house pets on-site at a domestic violence shelter. SAF-T saves lives!
National SAF-T Day is on hold for 2015 but will come back in 2016!
Congratulations to the newest SAF-T Shelters in 2015!! Lake County Resource Center (Kelseyville, CA), Safehome (Overland Park, KS), Underground Railroad (Saginaw, MI), Domestic Violence Intervention Services (Tulsa, OK), Sojourner Center (Phoenix, AZ).
What the research says
- There are an estimated 1.3 million victims of intimate partner violence annually, with 85% of victims being women. There are 73 million companion animals in American Homes (62% of homes).
- Did you know that up to 48% of domestic violence victims will delay or refuse leaving an abusive homeout of fear of leaving their pets or livestock behind?
- Did you know that up to 85% of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partnerhad threatened, injured or killed their pet?
- SAF-T removes barriers to safety and allows families with pets to seek safety together thus saving lives!