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.

 

Click here to listen to a recent interview that Community Outreach Inspector Nat Foster did with Mix94.5, detailing how the program came about, and the ways that RSPCA is trying to assist families and their pets to escape from family and domestic violence.
 

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.

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

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

Information for Caseworkers and Healthcare Professionals 

If your client is in need of the Pets in Crisis program, please ask them to complete the relevant application form (below) before returning it to you. You can then send on to the Pets in Crisis team by emailing petsincrisis@rspcawa.asn.au

Download a print or digital Owner's Agreement Form (*mandatory for all applicants)

Download a print or digital Dog Intake Form

Download a print or digital Cat Intake Form

Please note your client  must fill out one form per animal. 

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 download and 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.

 

    
 

 

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