Our mission, vision, and values


Who We Are

Safe Place for Pets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pet placement organization that provides care, support and rehoming services for pets of terminally ill people. For more than 20 years, Safe Place for Pets has compassionately served pet owners diagnosed with terminal illnesses. We have found forever homes for over 1,000 of their beloved pets while also providing needed veterinary care and support. 

At Safe Place, we place a heavy emphasis on making sure our pets receive quality veterinary services when placed in our care. All of our pets undergo a veterinary examination and are up-to-date on vaccinations, spay/neutered and undergo a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment when recommended by a veterinarian, ensuring that each pet is happy, healthy and ready for their new forever



Serving terminally ill people in El Paso and Teller counties by finding forever home for their beloved pets.


A community where all terminally ill people have support for their pet’s care and quality of life.

Our Values


We value serving terminally ill people at their point of need, acknowledging the sensitive and emotional complexity of their situation. We acknowledge that pets will experience grief and seek to lovingly care for the animals throughout their journey with us.


We pride ourselves on the ability to ethically care for the beloved pets of our clients. We ensure that our clients and animals are served with dignity and respect at all times.


We are committed to our mission and will provide our services to those that need it. Our volunteers value the relationships we have built with the people and community we serve.


We value the gift that our clients give us when we are trusted to rehome their beloved pet. We ensure that the owner finds comfort in the fact that their pet will go to a forever, loving home.

Who We Serve


Safe Place for pets is committed to keeping pets with their owners for as long as possible while maintaining each pet’s quality of life. Once placed in our care, we provide each pet with affection, daily wellness care, food, shelter, veterinary care and grooming while we work to find their new forever homes.


We communicate with our clients clearly, openly and compassionately at all times. We ensure that we are a trusted confidant of our clients and make every effort to see to it that they are comfortable with the choices made on behalf of their pet.


We assist people seeking help for their pets with program services as appropriate, or through referrals and guidance when a situation is not mission-appropriate. We treat our fiduciary responsibility with the utmost care, and serve as diligent custodians of all funds received. We partner with other nonprofit organizations to comprehensively meet the needs of our clients and the community.


We are committed to the values and ideals for which we collectively undertake this work. We utilize our volunteers to their optimum potential, working with schedules and skills in a mutually supportive relationship while respecting boundaries. We listen and communicate respectfully, encouraging new ideas and problem solving as a team.