In this episode we talk with Megan Senatori, an attorney who serves as the Co-Founder and current President of Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (“SAAV”). Founded in 2001, SAAV is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse within families in Dane County, Wisconsin. Like many other safe haven programs across the country, SAAV plays a unique role in the fight against abuse by recognizing the importance of animals as vital family members, and through arranging for their safe harbor at a time of critical need–when a domestic abuse victim is seeking refuge from an abuser. Megan and the team at SAAV work to find the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, and focuses on how to stop the cycle of abuse. To learn more about Megan and SAAV you can visit their website, http://www.saavprogram.org/
We have provided the phone numbers that people in Dane County can call for help, 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045. You can find similar programs to SAAV in your area by visiting The Humane Society of the United States or The Animal Welfare Institute.
Megan has provided a guide if you are interested in starting your own organization, http://www.saavprogram.org/resource-guide/