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Pets are a part of the family. You and your children may be worried about leaving behind your beloved dog, cat or other pet. Perhaps the refuge or safe place you are going to doesn't allow pets. And this may be what's stopping you from leaving a domestic and family violence situation.
Unfortunately, in homes where there is domestic and family violence, violent partners can use the threat to harm or kill a pet as a way to lure family members back home, or force them to stay. Hurting a pet is also a way of hurting a partner. But there are things you can do.
Here are some ways to keep your pets safe while you find a safe place for you and your family:
The RSPCA's Community Domestic Violence program provides short-term and emergency housing and care for your pet while you find a safe place to stay. The program used to be called 'Safe beds for pets' but while the name has changed the goal hasn't: helping you and your pet stay safe.
Your details and those of your pet are kept confidential and pets are kept in a secure location, away from the general public. Once you are in safe place, the RSPCA will reunite you with your pet as soon as possible.
The service is offered at a low cost depending on your circumstances and the services you use. Financial help is available to cover transport costs and any veterinary treatments.
For more information about the Community Domestic Violence program, call the RSPCA helpline. All calls are answered in Sydney but the service is available throughout NSW, including regional and country areas.
09 Feb 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.