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Safer Together®

For nonprofit organizations looking to provide safe shelter

Banfield Foundation’s Safer Together initiative offers multi-year grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations to support programs that help people and pets escape domestic violence together.

The Safer Together grant program provides qualified nonprofit organizations assistance with:

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  • Veterinary care, including basic and preventive care, such as spay/neuter, urgent/emergency care, or funding for a certified veterinary technician or veterinarian on staff delivering care.
  • Pet support specialists responsible for care and cleaning of pets and pet area, foster family placement (if needed), intake of pets, arranging vet care and transport to vet/groomers and purchasing pet supplies.
  • Temporary boarding for pets impacted by domestic violence. Temporary boarding applies to programs with and without on-site pet shelters to cover the cost of immediate shelter when their shelter is full while a foster home is being determined. For animal shelters housing pets at their facilities, this support includes medical and behavior support, in addition to pet food and supplies, monitoring by shelter staff, care and cleaning of kennels, grooming, etc.
  • Behavior training for abused/traumatized pets needing additional help to heal.



See more about our grant programs

Resources for nonprofits

Banfield Foundation’s Safer Together initiative is among several grant programs that support domestic violence shelters and animal shelters offering temporary boarding to pets that have fled abuse. From awareness and education to additional assistance, many organizations offer support to nonprofits that provide shelter services to people and pets experiencing domestic violence. While far from exhaustive, this list of resources highlights key organizations and offerings for nonprofits serving victims of domestic abuse:

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Bayer “Grants Fur Families” program

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

Ongoing webinars on domestic violence issues

State-by-state domestic violence statistics and resources

Red Rover’s Safe Place for Pets

Domestic Violence Safe Escape Grants

Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants

List of Organizations Offering Grants for Animal Needs

Safe Havens

Sheltering Animals and Families Together™ (SAF-T)

Donate to help people and pets find safety together

Your tax-deductible donation to the Banfield Foundation supports our Safer Together initiative, which seeks to expand the number of domestic violence programs capable of welcoming both people and pets. With your support, more people will be able to find shelter from domestic violence without leaving their pets behind.
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Help our efforts to provide veterinary care for pets in need, critical medical equipment for shelter and rescue organizations, shelter and disaster relief, resources for survivors of domestic abuse to transition to safety with their pets, and more.

All donations are 100% tax deductible.

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