Coming Soon: Safety for survivors and their pets!
“Being able to have my pets come with me to shelter saved my life… they are a part of my family too.”
Why is Willow Opening a Pet Area?
When survivors of domestic violence escape their abusive homes they’re not only faced with the challenge of finding shelter for themselves and their children, but also for their pets.
65% of domestic violence victims do not leave the abuser because of concern about what might happen to their pets. Currently, there is no pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in Monroe County.
The Pet Program will help survivors heal by keeping their pets with them during a difficult time.
Where will the Pet Area be located?
The new Pet Area will be confidentially located at our Emergency Shelter at the Shill Family Building.
When will the Pet Area be open?
Our new Pet Area will be opening in early 2018 for survivors who are currently or will be staying in our Emergency Shelter.
If you are in need of immediate shelter for you, and your companion animal, call our Hotline (222-SAFE) to learn more about our temporary assistance options.
Who is able to stay in the Pet Area?
Although the formal program is still in development, we expect to accept family pets only and space will be limited. We will partner with survivors on other alternatives if space is unavailable.
For more immediate questions:
Please email Pets@willowcenterny.org or call 585-232-5200, x227.
You can help provide safety for survivors and their pets:
Fill out a Volunteer Application: Willow will begin accepting volunteers for the pet program in December.