About Us

Healthy & humane connections between humans & animals are an important element of a community’s well-being

man and dog at sunset

The Animal Assistance Foundation funded the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work to examine Colorado’s existing efforts to address animal maltreatment and the Link and to improve related outcomes on a statewide level.

The Colorado LINK Project is a state-wide initiative at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, housed in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. In collaboration with multiple Colorado partners and select national partners, the project serves to raise awareness and focus practical and scholarly interest on the links between animal maltreatment and all forms of family, domestic and interpersonal violence; child maltreatment; maltreatment of at-risk adults; and criminal behaviors.

The goal of the project is to establish community partnerships to strengthen effective Link informed responses to animal cruelty in Colorado.

Project activities include needs assessment, research, professional training and the development of tools for community partners to recognize the Link and take appropriate steps to end abuse, protect human and animal victims of abuse, and improve both human and animal welfare.