Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology (Criminology Option)
Department or School/College
Department of Sociology
Daniel P. Doyle
Stacey Gordon, June Ellestad
human-animal bond, shelter, homeless, domestic violence, pet
University of Montana
Studies have shown the importance of the relationship that homeless individuals, including victims of domestic violence, have with their pets. This relationship can often create a barrier to accessing emergency shelters since not many shelters accept pets. This paper examines the need to create a community-wide program in Missoula, MT which provides a way to house pets while their owners access emergency shelters. The final section of this paper proposes a “Pet Advocate Program” that could be adopted by the Humane Society of Western Montana.
Bruce, Lisa Jane, "Pet Advocate Program for the Homeless in Missoula, MT" (2014). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4239.
© Copyright 2014 Lisa Jane Bruce