Rose Brooks Center’s Pet Shelter Turns 10



June 13, 2022
For Immediate Release

Scott Mason
Director of Stewardship and Marketing
Office: 816-605-7113

A Pet Shelter for the Pets of Domestic Violence Survivors Opened 10 Years Ago
Meet the heroic Great Dane
who inspired the pet shelter, and whose legacy lives on

Kansas City, Mo, June 13, 2022 – Ten years ago, Rose Brooks Center, a domestic violence shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, became the first program in the region to accept pets. The policy change came about when a domestic violence survivor contacted the hotline seeking shelter but refused to enter the facilities because she would have to leave her pet behind. Even more so because this pet, a 110-pound Great Dane, had just saved her life by laying on top of her during the attack. On that day, Rose Brooks Center accepted their first pet.


Although the giant Dane was the first animal to live at Rose Brooks Center, he has not been the last. Rose Brooks works every day to keep families safe and help them rebuild their lives — and pets are part of that family too. “We have always known the incredible therapeutic benefits pets can have on a family experiencing trauma, but didn’t have the resources to accept pets,” explains Rose Brooks Center’s CEO, Lisa Fleming. “But after the experience of this survivor and her Great Dane, it was clear this was something we had to add to our program to better serve survivors and their children.”

Currently, the pet program serves approximately 75 pets per year, providing over 2,900 nights of safety annually, and on June 14th, the pet shelter turns 10 years old. Today, along with the pet shelter, survivors have completely private rooms and now have the option to keep their beloved pets with them, allowing them to live and heal together in the same secure space. Growth of the pet program continues with plans to physically expand the cat shelter, retrofit shelter bedrooms, and to continue providing training, education, and advocacy to other agencies to better serve victims and their pets.

Rose Brooks Center believes housing pets in the shelter is one way of helping to remove another barrier a survivor faces when trying to escape violence. The program has allowed survivors and their families to find safety for themselves and their pets instead of staying in what otherwise would be a dangerous situation. Since opening in 2012, hundreds of families and pets have been able to find safety and healing — together.


To learn more about Rose Brooks Center’s pet program or to see the story of the heroic Great Dane who inspired it, please visit


About Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Center’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse. Rose Brooks offers emergency shelter for adults and their pets, including wrap-around comprehensive care, as well as community programming and violence prevention services. For those who are in an abusive relationship or need support, Rose Brooks is here to help. 24/7 hotline 816-861-6100.

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Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Read letters from the CEO, stories about featured programs, and more here.

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.