Some victims of domestic violence have remained in dangerous situations because they are worried about the safety of their pets if they leave and now a service is doing something to help.
Domestic violence shelters accepting animals at risk from domestic and family violence operate now in Brisbane, Townsville, Charters Towers, with a similar facility soon to open in Roma.
The Pets in Crisis service had provided safe haven for dozens of pets of DV victims, allowing their owners to find safety.
Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer says the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland identified that victims may delay leaving abusive and violent situations due to animal welfare concerns.
“Knowing that their pets have a safe place to go removes a barrier to leaving home. This helps break the cycle of violence.”
DVConnect provides the Pets in Crisis program including a critical partnership with RSPCA Qld to provide a place of safety for pets when a victim of violence needs to leave home.
“The DVConnect/RSPCA Pets in Crisis program is an essential service that contributes to saving the lives of victims as well as their pets. We know that pets can be harmed or threatened with harm when perpetrators of domestic violence use them as another way to control or intimidate victims.”
Queenslanders can get involved by applying to the RSPCA to be an animal foster carer. They can also donate to this life saving service.
The needs keeps growing.
In the past six months, the RSPCA has accepted 83 animals into the foster care service and provided 2710 days of care for these pets. The average length of stay for pets in the foster care service is 30 days.
In the same time, DVConnect has transported and paid for other associated costs to help an additional 32 women get their pets to safety.
For more information on how to financially support the service email [email protected]