Pets in Crisis


Pets in Crisis

Animals are vulnerable to abuse in domestic violence situations. Pets are often used by abusers as a tool to control, threaten, intimidate and frighten their victim by harming or threatening to harm their animals. Pets in Crisis is RSPCA WA’s domestic violence pet refuge scheme which guarantees victims of domestic violence that we will care for their pets while they are in a refuge or temporary accommodation. Pet victims of domestic violence will be cared for in fostering facilities until the family can arrange permanent, safe accommodation.

Do you need assistance?

RSPCA WA works on a referral basis and liaises directly with women’s shelters. To access this service, you must be in a refuge or in the process of moving into one. If you are experiencing domestic violence and require the services of this scheme, please discuss with your case worker. (The scheme is not for emergency situations and operates Monday to Friday during business hours).

Would you like to help?

RSPCA WA is seeking Foster Carers specifically for animals rescued from domestic violence situations. If you are compassionate, honest and can provide a safe temporary home for an animal in crisis, we want to hear from you. Please complete this form and send via email to For more information, click here to read our Pets in Crisis FAQs.

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