Suffolk County Police Department joins LIADV to announce the first pet friendly domestic violence shelter on Long Island

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the perfect time for the Suffolk County Police Department to join (TAG) L.I. Against Domestic Violence to announce a construction project for the first pet-friendly domestic violence shelter on Long Island.

Suffolk County is not immune to incidents of domestic violence—the police department responded to 2,482 calls for domestic-related assaults in the first eight months of 2019. During calls involving domestic violence, officers provide victims with information regarding available resources. Unfortunately, some victims decline shelter housing because they can’t bring their pet and fear for the animal’s safety. Pets are part of the family and for victims of domestic violence pets often provide a source of emotional support, which is why this project is so critical. When complete, the shelter will be able to host up to six dogs and four cats.

L.I. Against Domestic Violence provides a range of services to help victims and survivors of domestic violence and can be reached 24 hours a day at 631-666-8833.



LIADV is proud to make this announcement in partnership with Commissioner Hart and all of the Suffolk County Police Department. This project will allow for co-sheltering for domestic violence survivors and their pets; providing safety for all members of the family.


If you or someone you know needs help-contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631.666.8833.