After the Webinar: Pet Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters. Q&A with Katie Campbell

Webinar presenter Katie Campbell answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters: Creating a pet-friendly program that works for your community.  Here are just a few of her responses.


Audience Question: Does your funding predominantly focus on helping survivors of spousal domestic violence, or can it help victims of elder abuse too? 

Katie Campbell: Our funding is tied to domestic violence but there may be some other funding opportunities available. Reach out to me and we can talk through some stuff.


Audience Question: Where did you found all those amazing stats? So, I think we’re talking about the stats on slides 9 and 11. 

Katie Campbell: That’s a really easy one. So, that comes from the National Link Coalition. So as Chris mentioned, it is a phenomenal resource, go to their website. Phil broke down all of that information. That’s where you’ll get it from. The one caveat I would say is the 25% of survivors who returned to an abuser, that’s actually from the ASPCA.


Audience Question: What’s the range in size and amounts for the grants that you do? 

Katie Campbell: So, our grants are up to $20,000. I would say, you know, probably about the average is actually around $15,000. So, you know, we fund smaller and we fund a little bit bigger. On occasion, we will actually partner with Greater Good Charities Rescue Rebuild Program in funding a project. Rescue Rebuild is actually kind of like a non-profit construction program. So, they come, if you apply for their funds, and it gets approved, they actually come with their team. They do the construction for you; you don’t pay anything for it. When we’re able to, we can also support with a Safe Housing Grant. And when non-COVID times, we will actually send a team of our responders-volunteers, to actually help the Rescue Rebuild team with the construction.


Audience Question: One of our audience members mentioned in the comments area that, the roadblocks that they’re running into isn’t necessarily with leadership. It’s actually with staff. Have you seen this? How do you overcome the objections with staff? 

Katie Campbell: Absolutely. That is something that I think a lot of organizations face. That is part of the reason why I said in your structure and operations, when you’re outlining what your progress program is going to look like, really incorporate your staff in that. Most organizations share with me that they just really sit down with their staff and they hash it all out. They talk through, like all of the objections, make a list of those objections, what are staff worried about. Have a conversation with me and let’s see if we can kind of walk you through that. Again, incorporate staff in those solution-focused conversations as well.


Audience Question: Any secret tips or advice, or what’s the secret sauce for getting grants funded? Do you have any advice? Now that you sit on the other side of the granting desk, what are the tips you have?

Katie Campbell: There’s probably a lot of tips. I think one of the most important tips, whether you’re coming from domestic violence or the animal sheltering world is you have to ask that question. So, from the domestic violence shelter world, you have to ask your survivors, do you have a pet? Are you wanting to come with your pet? You have to know what those numbers are. I think that’s a really incredible tip – to know that data. Incorporate that as this is my local issue and pull in that data that Phil and his team, the National Link Coalition have. This is the link, this is what we’re up against, this is how many survivors are delaying leaving. In terms of grant applications, I will tell you that our Safe Housing Grant application, as somebody who has written grants before, it’s really a piece of cake. It is not OVC Funding, it’s not a federal grant application. It’s an easy grant. We want to know your budget and scope. You know, we want to know how you’re going to use the funds. But it’s definitely, it’s not a laborious application process.


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