Providing Temporary Shelter for Pets of Abused Women
Studies from the domestic violence field consistently show that women delay leaving abusive situations because of fears for a pet's safety. Many women’s shelters have arrangements with local animal shelters or veterinary hospitals to provide temporary housing for their pets.
The OVMA has developed a SafePet Program wherein participating veterinary clinics make space available to house animals of women seeking refuge in a women’s shelter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
To learn how to implement a temporary sheltering program for animals of family violence victims, see Starting a Safe Havens for Animals Program, a resource from the Humane Society of the United States.