The How, Why, What and Who...
Animal Safehouse of Brevard is a not-for-profit effort geared towards providing temporary safe placement of pets who, like their owners, need to flee from domestic violence situations. While there are shelters for women and children, there are currently no facilities for their pets. Most women with pets will not leave their abusive homes if they cannot bring their furry loved ones along in fear of retaliation.
Leandra Preston-Sidler, Professor of Women's Studies at University of Central Florida, is a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force of Brevard and domestic violence shelters, including Salvation Army and Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Programs and the Women's Center in Brevard. As an avid animal lover, she recognized the desperate need for a safe place for pets who are also subject to abuse while their owners seek safety. Animal Safehouse of Brevard was formed in Summer 2008 by Leandra as a network of individuals committed to helping both women and pets who are victims of domestic violence. We serve all of Central Florida, though Harbor House of Central Florida is soon to have a kennel to meet needs of women in shelter there.
Animal Safehouse is a registered Florida non-profit agency. We rely heavily on donations and volunteers and are in need of assistance to help as many women and pets possible.
If you can help, please visit our volunteer section to see how you can best assist. Thank you for your interest in our organization!