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The Impact

Emergency Shelter

About

Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.

When You All Need Somewhere Safe To Go, Rose Brooks Is Here.

Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.

• Shelter staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
• Respectful, individualized care is offered, including advocacy, therapy, safety planning, finding a home, and connecting with community resources for health, legal, and financial needs.

WHY PETS MATTER

Pets can save lives

Did You Know?

Facts About Pets

Family​

98% of Americans consider pets to be companions or members of the family.​

Psychology​

71% of pet-owning survivors reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.​

Coersion​

Abusers kill, harm or threaten children’s pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse.​

Family​

98% of Americans consider pets to be companions or members of the family.​

Psychology​

71% of pet-owning survivors reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.​

Why Some Stay

Approximately 50% of survivors of domestic violence say they are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets should they leave.

History

How Rose Brooks Got It's Pet Shelter

In 2012, Rose Brooks Center became the first domestic violence shelter in the region to welcome four-legged family members.

The idea for this incredible project was born, when a woman called our hotline after her boyfriend had beaten her – almost to death. Immediately we found space for this young woman. There was one problem. She had a 110-pound Great Dane whom she refused to leave behind. The dog had saved her life by lying on top of her during the attack and taking the majority of the blows. As a result, he sustained many broken bones.

The giant Dane was the first animal to live at Rose Brooks Center, but he was only the first.

Today owners have 24/7 access to their pets within the safety of the shelter to walk, run, and play. Our pet advocate and pet volunteers offer enrichment activities and coordinate vet care for the animals to help make sure they are happy and healthy.

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