Service Animals in Domestic Violence Shelters

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. It covers basic information about service animals and the people who use them and about the laws that apply to domestic violence shelters and service animals. It includes suggested policies and procedures.

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