Not Without My Pet



One of the many barriers families face in making the difficult and often dangerous decision to escape their abuser is fear for the safety of their pets. Over the years, Rose Brooks Center’s emergency hotline has received countless calls from individuals who desire to leave their abuser, but are afraid that if they do, their abuser will hurt or kill their pet. Many plainly say, “I won’t leave. Not without my pet.”

As you may already know, in 2012, Rose Brooks Center opened the first on-site pet facility in the region. Since that time, expansion of the pet program has included a cat shelter and aptly named catio, (that’s a cat patio, btw), private shelter bedrooms that now accommodate pets, and training and advocacy to other agencies to better serve victims and their pets.

Rose Brooks Center fully understands the critical need for more pet-related services and resources. It is because of this need that three local service agencies – KC Pet Project, Rose Brooks Center, and Synergy Services – have come together to create another access point for survivors to get help when there is a co-occurrence of pet abuse and domestic violence. ICU, which stands for “Identify, Connect, and Unite,” was formed to train Animal Services Division how to screen for domestic violence when dispatched on an animal abuse, neglect, or bite case. By improving the coordinated community response of animal welfare systems, domestic violence agencies, and transitional housing agencies to the co-occurrence of DV and pet abuse, we can take one more step in breaking the cycle of domestic violence and protecting survivors and their beloved pets.

71% of pet-owning survivors reported that their abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to control victims.
50% of survivors of domestic violence say they are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets should they leave. To read more about our pet services, visit:

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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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