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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.

  • 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, a police agency, or a court can validate your need by contacting our office at 269-345-1181. If you are not working with any agency but would like more information, 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 should I do?
    If an adult victim isn’t willing to leave, you can’t do much for them, but if pets or children are involved, you can take steps to ensure their safety. For children, please get in touch with 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 different 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 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 housed at our facility as we are not a boarding kennel or shelter.
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