Onsite Kennel

Tragically, pets and children often become pawns batterers use to control their victims. Abusers threaten, harm and kill pets to:

  • Exert power and control over family members
  • Further isolate their victims
  • Teach submission
  • Demonstrate what will happen to family members should they disobey or try to leave the abusive relationship
A kennel room and open ‘run’ are just one part of The Shelter’s innovative Protect Your Pet program which includes collaborations with local veterinarians; as well as safety planning designed to meet the unique needs of people and their pets.
As a result of our proactive approach, National Humane Society sought The Shelter’s help in developing their PAWS (Pets And Women’s Shelters) program, a guide for creating emergency shelters for human and pet family violence victims. The program has since moved to Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™: www.animalsandfamilies.org/shelters
If you are in an emergency situation, call 911. For more information on The Shelter’s Protect Your Pet program, please call our confidential 24 – hour crisis line at 239.775.1101
TTY 239.775.4265.

Your Pet’s Escape Bag

Be sure your pet is current on all vaccinations and keep all medical/vaccination records, pet licenses and other proof of ownership in a safe place with your Escape Bag.
Please bring the following items with you/your pet when you come at the Beau Venturi Home emergency shelter with on-site kennel:
  • Collar and leash
  • Identification tags that do NOT identify the household you are fleeing
  • Any medication your pet is taking
  • Bowls, bedding, favorite toys
  • Food and treats
  • A pet carrier for cats
  • Vet records whenever possible