Safety Planning with Pets:
Things to Consider
- Does the survivor have family or friends who can keep, watch, or help care for animals?
- Document pet ownership (photos, vet records, adoption receipts, microchip)
- Include animals in protection orders
- If planning to leave, include pet items in your “go” bag (food, medications, vaccination records, favorite toy, etc.)
Animal Protection of New Mexico created CARE
, a network of safe havens for the animals of domestic violence victims in the state.
A Florida DV shelter partnered with SAF-T to construct an onsite kennel for families with pets.
In 2013, a nonprofit called the Urban Resource Institute opened the first shelter in New York City that allows domestic violence victims live with their pets (more)