Through a partnership between DVCC and Outreach to Pets in Need (OPIN), temporary foster care services are available for pets whose owners enter DVCC’s SafeHouses. The partnership was formed to address the problem faced by victims of domestic abuse who need safe shelter, but are reluctant to go because there is no safe place for their pets. (Batterers may abuse or threaten to abuse household pets as another form of power and control over their victims.) OPIN’s SafePet program allows victims peace of mind knowing their pets are taken care of while they work toward a safe future.
Because pets are not allowed in the SafeHouses, the pet MUST have a foster home before its owner can be admitted to the SafeHouse. DVCC and OPIN staff work as quickly as possible to find appropriate foster homes.
The program is overseen by OPIN’s SafePet Program Coordinator, who works with potential foster care providers and acts as the liaison between them and DVCC SafeHouse staff. Applications to join the SafePet foster network may be found on the OPIN web site www.opinpets.org.
Outreach to Pets in Need was founded in March 2007 with the mission to decrease the population of homeless pets through medical, training, education and placement programs. The organization works collaboratively with the Stamford Animal Care and Control Shelter.