SPOT-Survivor Pet Outreach Team
The Survivor Pet Outreach Team (SPOT) is a program of NEWS which matches the pets of women entering the NEWS emergency shelter with a foster caregiver who will take care of the animal while the woman receives care and counseling at the shelter. Often women will choose to stay with their abuser instead of seeking shelter because they are afraid that their beloved pet will be harmed or neglected. Once a woman decides to stay at the shelter, an advocate will help to have her pet placed with a foster caregiver during her stay. SPOT provides a safe home for the pet with a caring trained volunteer. Once the survivor is ready to live on her own, the pet will be returned, safe and sound. If funding is available, we can also offer to have the pet spayed/neutered and vaccinated, too!
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot