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Safe Care

The APA Adoption Center established St. Louis’ first pet assistance program for survivors of domestic violence in 1997. 1 in 3 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Few domestic violence shelters allow pets (only 10% nationally). Because of this, 48% - nearly half of all survivors – delay leaving an abusive relationship because they don’t want to leave a pet behind.

To ensure that every family member, including pets, can get to safety when leaving a violent home environment, the APA Safe Care program works with area domestic violence shelters and anti-violence agencies to provide temporary care for pets of domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors.

Program Requirements

  • Pet owners must be in a domestic violence program or have a referring case manager.
  • Arrangements for dropping off a pet must be scheduled in advance.
  • Pets must be spayed/neutered; if a pet has not been altered, the APA will provide this at no cost.

As part of the Safe Care program, the APA provides:

  • Food
  • Vaccinations
  • Flea/Tick/Heartworm Preventatives
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Temporary housing for animals for up to two months

For more information, call 314-645-5169 or email us using the form below.

Safe Care Information Request

Safe Care Inquiry
Are you seeking housing for your pets because you need medical care such as hospitalization or rehabilitation?
If yes, the APA does not provide housing for pet owners who need care for their pets because they are seeking medical treatment. Contact Clare's House (314) 878-1565 https://www.clareshousestl.org/
Are you requesting assistance for your pets because of domestic violence?
If no → please fill out the application here: https://apamo.org/wellness/crisis-housing/
First
Last
Before seeking help for domestic violence, I resided in…
Are you currently in a safe environment?
Is it safe to be contacted by (select all that apply)
Are you working with an advocate?
This can be a domestic violence agency or shelter, social worker, or counselor.

Pet 1 information

Type
Sex
Spayed/neutered?
My pet can easily be handled by strangers.

Pet 2 information

Type
Sex
Spayed/neutered?
My pet can easily be handled by strangers.

Pet 3 information

Type
Sex
Spayed/neutered?
My pet can easily be handled by strangers.

Pet 4 information

Type
Sex
Spayed/neutered?
My pet can easily be handled by strangers.
How did you hear about this program?