In 2014 VETEGA partnered with Clarina Howard Nichols Center to raise funds for any pets that need veterinary treatment when sheltering with their families. This year Clarina Howard Nichols Center became the first domestic violence shelter in Vermont to earn SAF-T (sheltering animals and families together) status - opening their shelter doors to survivors of family violence and their companion animals. Since one of the biggest costs that is anticipated for this program is the increased need for veterinary care, we are reaching out to start collaborative fundraising for Clarina and VETEGA.


Clarina’s SAF-T Program

Sheltering Animals and Families - Together!


Why SAF-T Matters

The relationship between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence shows that families with animals often delay leaving out of fear for their animals. Allowing animals in shelter helps survivors of violence access shelter services, support, and safety planning.


Vermont Law

Vermont law was amended to allow a court to include an order relating to the possession, care, and control of any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held as a pet by either party or a minor child residing in the household in a domestic violence situation.


Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence

Animal abuse may be a symptom and a tool of domestic violence. In addition to hurting animals, batterers may use animal abuse to exert psychological control, isolate, and threaten family members. 71% of pet-owning women entering shelters report injury or threat to animals by their batterers *To increase control and fear, violence to animals often takes place in the presence of women or children*


Get Involved:

ASPCA, Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty