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Safe Care

The APA Adoption Center established St. Louis’ first pet assistance program for victims 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 victims – 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 victims.

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

For more information, call 314-645-4610 or email us using the form below.

Safe Care Information Request

Safe Care Inquiry