Domestic Violence & Crisis Assistance

KHS can offer discreet sheltering for pets during a time of domestic crisis.  This referral-based service helps people with pets escape abusive or dangerous living situations.

Victims of domestic violence are less likely to leave an abuser if pets are in danger.

 

  • Abusers often threaten and harm household pets to hold emotional control over victims.
     

  • Pets are abused to punish victims for things that have upset the abuser. 
     

  • Working with the YWCA and other referring organizations, KHS can arrange safe and discreet housing for pets belonging to domestic violence victims to encourage them to leave abusers
     

  • By eliminating the threat of violence against a beloved pet, victims of domestic violence can get the help they need. 
     

  • Pets are reunited after safe housing has been secured, at no cost to the pet owner.

Domestic Violence Assistance Frequently Asked Questions

How can I use this service?


Victims are referred to KHS from the YWCA, although other agencies have also referred clients to us. If you are working with the YWCA, a case worker, police agency or court that can validate your need, please have them contact our office at 269-345-1181. If you are not working with any agency but would like more information, you may call us at 269-345-1181 and we can assess our availability to assist on a case-by-case basis.




I know of someone that is being abused, and their pet is also being abused. What do I do?


If an adult victim isn't willing to leave, you can't do much for them, but if there are pets or children involved you can take steps to ensure their safety. For children, please contact Child Protective Services at 269-337-5046 For animals, please call Kalamazoo County Animal Services at 269-383-8775 If you live outside of Kalamazoo County, contact the Child Protective Service or Animal Control department in your jurisdiction.




How long will you keep my pet safe?


The length of time for each case is diferent, and is based on how long it takes the pet owner to find safe housing. We can hold animals based on your needs, as long as you are actively looking for a place for you and your pet. If you find a friend or family member willing to accept your pet before you have found a new residence, we are happy to release the pet to someone that you trust.




Where are the pets housed at?


KHS works with discreet and trustworthy boarding facilities. While a pet is in our care, we do not release the location of any pets to protect the pet and the victim. No pets are kept at our facility as we are not a boarding kennel or shelter.





Kalamazoo Humane Society

3661 Easy Street

Kalamazoo, MI  49001

Phone:  (269) 345-1181

Fax:  (269) 345-1290

Email:  info@kazoohumane.org

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Office Hours:

Call us Monday-Friday 9AM to 5 PM

Closed Weekends & Major Holidays

Pet Food Bank Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday 10AM to 3PM

Surgery Appointments Check-In:

Check-in is 7:30AM to 8AM

Services by appointment only; lobby closed to the public indefinitely. 

 

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