Pets as Roommates



The human-animal bond is so important to well-being, especially in times of distress. For victims of domestic violence, their pet may be their only source of comfort and support.

Since 2012, Rose Brooks Center has had an on-site pet shelter and fully staffed pet program, allowing families to bring their pets to shelter with them. With the recent renovation of creating fully private spaces however, survivors now have the option to keep their beloved pets in their rooms — allowing them to live and heal together in the same secure space.

Families with pets call Rose Brooks Center from all over the Midwest and beyond seeking shelter because of the profound scarcity of shelters and transitional housing programs that will serve companion animals. We not only are pleased we are able to offer this additional care and resource, we know the impact it creates for those we serve.

The ability to offer this living arrangement has completely changed the way our families and pets heal, and has reduced conflict and trauma, while increasing healing through the animal-human bond. An additional outcome of this renovation has included an increased number of shelter beds and number of companion animals sheltered. Now victims of domestic violence who need shelter or housing for themselves AND their companion animals — can stay in emergency shelter together.


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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.


Stories about our incredible volunteers and the work they do to support our mission.