More Pets, More Healing



Within hours of opening Rose Brooks Center’s onsite pet shelter in 2012, it was full. We knew then that one day we may have to expand as more survivors with pets needed a safe place to stay. We are happy to announce that because of a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, the PAWS Place Expansion project is moving forward.

This expansion will directly help provide supportive service resources for domestic violence victims with companion animals and increase the levels of training and advocacy in order to improve the community’s response to the co-occurrence of domestic violence and pet abuse. Ultimately, this project will create a coordinated community response to improve resources available to victims and their pets, expand the community’s understanding of the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse, and improve the community’s response when faced with pet owners who may be experiencing this crisis.

Not to mention Rose Brooks will be able to expand the cat shelter, and provide supplies to retrofit shelter bedrooms to be pet-friendly.

As victims and survivors come into shelter with severe trauma, pets are a constant source of comfort, bringing healing and recovery. These funds will not only ensure more pets can find safety, but allow more healing along the way for the entire family.

To read more about the history and mission of our pet shelter, please visit us online at

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Bridge Program

Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.

Children's Programs

Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.

Community Training

Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.

Court Advocacy

Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.

Economic Empowerment

Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.

Emergency Shelter

Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.

Employment Advocacy

Employment Advocacy includes developing job interview skills, job search, and ongoing support to survivors in maintaining employment.


Providing confidential support, information, individual safety planning, resources, and more. The 24-hour Hotline is 816-861-6100.


Helping survivors find safe, affordable housing and gain economic stability within a safe home, free from violence.

Onsite Clinic

On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.

Pet Shelter

An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.

Police Advocacy

Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.

Project SAFE

A school-based violence prevention program working to end the cycle of domestic violence by providing support to youth dealing with violence at home or communities.


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