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spcaLAs ASN: Helping domestic violence survivors & their pets live safer healthier lives

spcaLAs ASN: Helping domestic violence survivors & their pets live safer healthier lives

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by spcaLA

Abusers use everything at their disposal to terrorize and control those they batter – including the family pet, often threatening to harm or kill an animal if the domestic violence survivor dares leave. spcaLA’s Animal Safety Network (ASN)™ provides a safe refuge for the domestic violence survivors’ pets, free-of-charge, so that they may leave a dangerous situation without fear for their animals’ lives. spcaLA wants to expand ASN and break the cycle of violence for more people and their pets.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • South Bay
  • Antelope Valley
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Rates of homelessness
  • Rates of mental illness
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

spcaLA wants to expand ASN to help more domestic violence survivors and their pets. We will evaluate our program by reviewing its development. More specifically, we will assess:

  • ASN foster parent database
  • program staff
  • facility space
  • partnerships and collaboration with domestic violence shelters and humane organizations
  • of animal abusers prosecuted

  • of animals and survivors we support

    Successful implementation of this grant will ultimately demonstrate that more families were helped because of our program’s expansion.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support