Safe Haven Program

Providing temporary housing and care to keep families together

Photo of Safe Haven Program pet owner with small dog

Denver Animal Protection (DAP) partners with several referral organizations to provide the Safe Haven Program, which offers two to four weeks of shelter for pets of families experiencing temporary homelessness. This could be due to fire, domestic violence, or hospitalization. DAP also provides this service to pet owners experiencing homelessness during severe cold weather (under 15 degrees).

Many pet owners do not want to give up their animals but need short-term assistance to focus on tasks that can get them into a new home. The Safe Haven Program makes it possible for these people to get the resources they need to improve their situations enough to welcome their pet back home again. Animals provide companionship, comfort, and unconditional love to these families, and preserving the bond between families and their animals is vitally important.

Participation in our Safe Haven Program requires referrals from a case worker. If you need assistance, you or your case worker can contact our Safe Haven coordinator at DAP.Safe@denvergov.org. If you do not have a case worker, please contact Denver Human Services at 720-944-4347. 

Safe Haven Safety Net Program

In 2021 DAP is offering a limited number of spaces for longer-term, foster-based housing for pets on a case-by-case basis. If you are in need, please fill out an application and a staff member will be in touch within 24-72 hours. 

How You Can Help

Volunteer as a foster parent. We often take Safe Haven pets in at our shelter but that can stressful for an owned pet. By opening your home to an animal through the Safe Haven program, you not only provide a comfortable home environment for the pet, but also peace of mind for their family. Your generosity will help save lives – both human and animal. More information is available on our foster program page.

Donate Today!

You can make a contribution exclusively for Safe Haven online.