Pets in Crisis

Domestic violence affects all family members, including pets.

Pets are often used by abusers to manipulate, intimidate and control their victims, by harming, or threatening to harm, their victim’s beloved pets.

Research indicates that a large percentage of domestic violence sufferers delay leaving an abusive relationship when there are pets in the home because they fear for their pet’s safety. As there is nowhere for them to take their pets, they remain in the violent relationship rather than leave their pet behind. 

The Pets in Crisis program offers a temporary home for pets from households experiencing family and domestic violence while their owner seeks refuge or temporary accommodation of their own. This helps to alleviate some of the logistical stress of removing themselves and their loved ones from a dangerous home environment.

It gives them peace of mind knowing that their pet will be safe and well cared for while they focus on their own safety. Once they find somewhere permanent to live they are reunited with their pet.

The service is available via referral only, is free , and is open to all domestic pets including cats, dogs and pocket pets (rabbits, guinea pigs, mice etc.) for up to three months.
 

Do you, or someone you know, need assistance?

Victims of Family and Domestic Violence

Ask your case worker or healthcare professional to make a referral on your behalf to our Pets in Crisis program. They will give you an application form to complete and return to our Pets in Crisis team, so your pet can be assessed and matched with a suitable foster carer. This process usually takes a couple of days.

Information for Caseworkers and Healthcare Professionals 

Contact the Pets in Crisis team by emailing petsincrisis@rspcawa.asn.au with as much information about your client’s situation as possible, and we will get back to you with the appropriate forms and relevant information. 

The scheme is not for emergency situations and the Pets in Crisis team is only available during normal business hours.

To learn more about the program and how it works, see our program FAQs.
 

Would you like to offer a safe haven for a Pet in Crisis?

If you’d like to provide a safe haven for pets in crisis, we’d like to hear from you.

We need compassionate people to become foster carers specifically for animals rescued from family and domestic violence situations. As a foster carer, RSPCA provides all the food, health care and equipment you need for the pets, and we will ensure your identity and location remain unknown.

If this is you, please complete this form and return it to fostercare@rspcawa.asn.au

By opening up your home to animals rescued from domestic violence situations, you’ll be making an immediate and meaningful difference to animals in crisis, as well as their owners.

By opening up your home to animals rescued from domestic violence situations, you’ll be making an immediate and meaningful difference to animals in crisis, as well as their owners.

RSPCA WA gratefully acknowledges the support of Vetwest for providing veterinary services for the Pets in Crisis program.