Supporting Family Resiliency Through Relationships with Animals Webinar Series

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Supporting Family Resiliency through Relationships with Animals: A 3-part webinar series for programs working with families who have experienced  domestic violence

Hosted by Promising Futures, a project of Futures Without Violence in partnership with Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)® . This webinar series will be recorded and closed-captioned. The slides, recording and transcript will be posted here.

Please see below for registration links.


Who Should Attend These Webinars? 

Domestic violence professionals, including; dv advocates, child advocates and shelter staff, child and family trauma therapists, counselors, child welfare professionals, early childhood professionals, and educators.  

Series Learning Objectives:  
  • Understand how human-animal interactions can support resilience and healing for adult and child survivors of domestic violence.  
  • Understand how programs serving families who experience domestic violence can  increase their capacity to meet the diverse needs of survivors by becoming animal-friendly spaces  


Part 1: Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®- A global life-saving initiative for survivors of domestic violence

Wednesday, April 7th: 12-1:30pm PST/ 3-4:30pm EST  

Presenter: Allie Phillips 

Facilitator: Wendy Mota  

Register here: 

Description: In Part 1 of this webinar series, the presenter will discuss the research supporting the need for pet-friendly housing and how preserving the human-animal bond can help survivors heal. Additionally, the presenter will explore the 4 different SAF-T Program® housing models and discuss strategies to receive and secure financial support for sheltering animals. Other topics will include: allergy concerns when sheltering animals, fear of pets and lack of space for pet housing. 


Part 2: Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®- Actionable Insights from the Field

Wednesday, May 5th: 12-1:30pm PST/ 3-4:30pm EST  


  • Representatives from pet-friendly domestic violence programs who will share their experiences developing and implementing programming in rural and urban settings.

Facilitators: Wendy MotaAllie Phillips 

Register here: 

Description: In Part 2 of this webinar series, the presenters will share step-by-step strategies employed to transform programs and domestic violence shelters into animal friendly spaces. Presenters will represent both inner-city and rural domestic violence programs and also include discussion on key collaborations and partnerships when becoming an animal-friendly domestic violence program.  


Part 3: Supporting Children with Therapy Animals: Human-Animal Interactions for Children Survivors of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

Wednesday, June 2nd: 12-1:30pm PST/ 3-4:30pm EST  

Presenter: Allie Phillips  

Facilitator: Wendy Mota 

Register here: Coming soon 

Description: In Part 3 of this webinar series, the presenter will explore incorporating therapy animals as greeters at child advocacy centers, police stations, prosecutor’s offices and court houses. Additionally, the presenter will also engage attendees around the use of therapy animals during forensic interviews, medical/SANE examination, group/individual therapy, court preparation; and during courtroom testimony.  


These webinars will be closed-captioned. The recordings, slides, and closed-captioning transcript will be posted on our website here after the events. Please use the registration links above to register.

Questions? Accessibility Needs? Please contact Lilly Valore at  


The development of this webinar series was supported by Grant Number 90EV0434 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view shared during these webinars are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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