SAFE Haven: Foster housing for pets in need. Supporting Animals and Families in Emergencies.
A Free Service Provided by Humane Pennsylvania .

SAFE Haven has been recognized by Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a “Government Innovation” program.

Sometimes even the best pet owner needs a little help.  When they do, SAFE Haven is there.  When disaster strikes, whether it is a house fire, a personal catastrophe, domestic violence, or a hurricane, pet owners are often faced with an unthinkable dilemma: choosing between their own safety and that of their family or abandoning a beloved family pet.  Thanks to HPA’s SAFE Haven program, that decision can be made a little easier.

SAFE Haven was originally formed as a way to help victims of domestic violence flee their abusers by providing foster care to pets who could not be taken into domestic violence shelters.  Since then the program has expanded to help the pets of owners who are temporarily in need of emergency housing for a variety of reasons. Often, simply providing emergency housing to a pet for a day, week, or month can mean the difference between a pet being given up to an animal shelter and remaining with their human companion.

Temporary housing is provided both at our shelters and by a network of dedicated pet foster homes.  In addition to shelter, pets receive food from the Spike’s Pet Pantry food bank and, when available, necessary pet supplies. Basic vaccinations and medical care may be provided at no cost to the owner if funds are available.

Those requiring SAFE Haven services are generally referred by emergency management agencies, government health and welfare agencies, domestic violence centers, and hospitals.  If you know of an organization that could benefit from becoming a SAFE Haven partner, know of an individual that may require SAFE Haven services, or would like to support SAFE Haven through donations of unopened pet food, new pet supplies, or financial contributions, please contact Tawny Kissinger, Lifesaving Programs Coordinator, at or call either shelter: The Humane Society of Berks County at 610-921-2348 or The Humane League of Lancaster County at 717-393-6551.

SAFE Haven is a program offered in partnership with Safe Berks, which provides services for victim of domestic and sexual violence.

If you or someone you know may need of Safe Berks assistance click here to visit their website