The Safety Network for Abused Animals & People (SNAAP) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping people and animals affected by violence in the Washington, D.C. area.
SNAAP supports efforts to prevent domestic violence and animal cruelty in the nation's capital through education, advocacy and referrals to pet-friendly safe housing.
SNAAP was started in January 2011 by two law students, Blair Warner and Erin Hughes, to create a resource for domestic violence victims with pets. Although there are several domestic violence shelters across the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, there are no shelters in the District of Columbia or Maryland that will accept pets. Because more than 60 percent of American households have at least one pet and nearly one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime, there is an increasing need to accommodate pets.
Since then, SNAAP has grown into a vibrant group of outreach, foster and advocacy volunteers that is making headway in raising awareness about the link between animal cruelty and
Blair Decker, J.D.
Co-Executive Director and Founder
Meagan Dziura, J.D.
Social Media Manager
Washington Humane Society
Director of the Safe Haven Program and Humane Law Enforcement
Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment, Inc. (DC SAFE)
The Big Bad Woof
Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)
Family Violence Task Force — Medical Society of the District of Columbia
Dr. Kim Bullock
The Safe Haven Network