This is a service available to clients of the Richmond YWCA, Hanover Safe Place and Safe Harbor. If you are leaving a domestic violence situation and are interested in having your pets enrolled in the SAAF program, please contact one of these participating shelters. Your case worker will then contact our volunteer department, which coordinates safe housing of your cats or dogs.
Richmond YWCA: 804-643-0888
Safe Harbor: (804) 287-7877
Hanover Safe Place: 804-752-2702 or 1-800-838-8238
The SAAF (Sheltering Animals for Abused Families) Program is a partnership between the Richmond SPCA and the YWCA, with the purpose of providing a safe, temporary shelter to care for the pets of abused women and children.
- In accordance with the mission of the Richmond SPCA your pet(s) will be placed in a safe and caring environment for the length of your stay in the shelter.
- Your pet will be placed with an undisclosed foster care provider approved by the Richmond SPCA.
- Food, water and veterinary care will be provided for your pet during your stay in the shelter. The Richmond SPCA will spay/neuter pets that are not sterilized at no charge to you.
- The Richmond SPCA will maintain confidentiality of any information received from the shelter.
- Unfortunately, we cannot allow guardians to visit their pets while they are being boarded. Visiting a pet and leaving without them causes great stress to the pet. We assure you that your pet will receive plenty of love and attention until you can reunite with them.
- There is no charge for the services of the SAAF program.
- Please completely fill out the SAAF release form and medical records release form (provided by the participating domestic violence shelter). This will ensure the best possible care for your pet.
- The Richmond SPCA reserves the right to limit the number of pets accepted based on the availability of foster care providers.
- The Richmond SPCA reserves the right to refuse the sheltering of any pet deemed dangerous and unmanageable.