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Model Protocol on Service Animals in Domestic Violence Shelters

Prepared by Phil Jordan and Summer Carrick for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

During the past few years, the subject of service animals coming to domestic violence shelters has been a hot topic whenever shelter managers, staff and volunteers get together. Communal living situations are always hard, and introducing service animals into the mix can create more complications, conflicts and confusion. This document is divided into three sections with the goal of minimizing confusion, providing a framework for addressing conflicts, and embracing complications as an integral part of advocacy.