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Support DV Survivors and Their Pets! Become an SHN Referral Program Ambassador!

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The Safe Haven Network

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The Safe Haven Network is re-launching our innovative Referral Program. The SHN Referral Program connects domestic violence survivors (through their advocates) to animal shelters and foster networks that provide temporary emergency boarding for the survivors' pets. Knowing their pets are safe removes a significant obstacles to the survivor's escaping their abuser. For more information:

The Referral Program depends on domestic violence advocates and animal welfare professionals to cooperate and utilize SHN's secure online portal correctly. To support our partners in the field, SHN is recruiting a team of Referral Program Ambassadors (RPAs). RPAs will be assigned to SHN Referral Program partners to check-in at least once a month, answer questions, and collect feedback. RPAs will be responsible for:
- informing partner agencies how to the Referral Program works
- training partner agencies on how to use the secure online portal
- connecting with partner agencies at least once a month to collect feedback and answer questions
- responding to communications from partner agencies in a timely manner

RPAs must be dependable, have excellent communications skills, prioritize confidentiality, and appreciate the serious nature of domestic violence service delivery.

SHN is asking all RPAs to commit to at least one (1) year of service, to ensure that our SHNRP partners enjoy continuity of support, which will help them grow comfortable with the program.

To apply, fill out an application here:

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About The Safe Haven Network


1507 E 53rd Street, #615, Chicago, IL 60615, US

Mission Statement

The Safe Haven Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that facilitates temporary emergency boarding for the pets of domestic violence victims. We address the link between domestic violence and animal abuse through our referral program, as well as community education and outreach.


The Safe Haven Network recognizes the incredible importance of a family’s connection with their pets, and our goal is to create a system by which families facing domestic violence can escape to safety with their pets. We are achieving this goal through a referral program that connects domestic violence advocates to temporary emergency boarding facilities for the pets. While the families stay in a domestic violence shelter, the pets stay in their own shelter, safe from harm while they await their reunion with their families. By providing this service, we encourage victims to leave their abusers with the confidence that their pets will be safe and that they are not giving their pets up, but will reunite as a family.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Crisis Support


We'll work with your schedule.


ChicagoChicago, IL 60615






  • Orientation or Training
  • Average of 5 hours per week, 1 year commitment
  • Understanding of confidentiality, reliable transportation; may need 40-hour domestic violence training (will confirm)

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