Rose Brooks Being Honored for Saving Pets



August 27, 2019
For Immediate Release

Rose Brooks Being Honored for Saving Pets Along with Their Owners

Kansas City, MO August 27, 2019:  Nearly 10 years ago, Rose Brooks Center, a local domestic violence agency, accepted its first pet for a long-term stay – a 130-lb Great Dane named Hank. Because of the incredibly dangerous situation he and his owner were facing, Rose Brooks Center made an exception to house Hank that day. Today, Rose Brooks Center accepts four-legged victims of violence in a free-standing pet shelter, allowing families fleeing violent homes to no longer have to decide between getting safe and protecting their beloved pet.

Last night Rose Brooks Center, was honored by The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor for its commitment to protect pets from violence and keep them safe along with their owners. One of Rose Brooks Center’s long-time partners, Bayer Animal Health (also a founding member of the KC Animal Health Corridor), nominated Rose Brooks for the award. “Bayer is proud to support Rose Brooks Center in their effort to increase and improve options for families with pets to live without fear,” says Lauren Dorsch, Deputy Director, Communication, Bayer Animal Health. “We nominated Rose Brooks because they recognize that keeping pets and people together can save lives and no one should have to choose between their safety and their pet.”

“People [victims of domestic violence] come from all over the country,” said Susan Miller, Rose Brooks Center CEO. “For many individuals leaving their pets behind was a serious barrier to escaping abuse. Because of our pet shelter, resources are available for them to bring their pets with them.”

National statistics report more than eighty percent of pet owners who enter a domestic violence shelter say they would have left their threatening situation much sooner if they hadn’t feared for the safety of their pet. Because of Rose Brooks Center’s pet shelter, loving owners have 24/7 access to their pets within the safety of the shelter to walk, run, and play. Our pet advocate and pet volunteers offer enrichment activities and coordinate vet care for the animals to help make sure they are happy and healthy. Together, pet and owner heal from the affects of domestic violence in the safety of shelter.

To see more of this incredible pet program:
:: Spirit of Service Award Video ::

About Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Center offers domestic violence services and programming in the Kansas City Metro area and beyond. While hundreds of individuals and pets find safety in emergency shelter, thousands more are served outside of shelter through groundbreaking community programs. Rose Brooks Center has been providing services to individuals and families since 1978.

About KC Animal Health Corridor

The KC Animal Health Corridor is not-for-profit industry association that supports the growth of animal health companies in our region. The Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kansas, and Columbia, Missouri, is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world. To learn more:

About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to



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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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