Safe Haven for Pets is a non-profit organization providing housing and health care to animals whose owners are seeking shelter from domestic violence. Founder Dr. Sharon Grace explains, "There is a definite connection between domestic violence and animal cruelty and other forms of violence" she said. “In a house with domestic violence, animals are often the first victims as the violence escalates. Concern for pets also can keep human victims in the house too long. Having a safe place for their pets may help victims escape their situations sooner.” While under the care of Safe Haven for Pets, animals receive needed treatments, such as vaccinations, socialization, heartworm medication, and spay or neuter surgeries. Safe Have for Pets works directly with Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter in Meridian, MS.