If you are in a domestic violence situation, your family and your pet can get out and get help!
Too often, people find themselves in abusive situations that they must escape. Yet, it is more complicated when you have a pet or pets. Statistics show that 40% of women will not leave an abusive situation for fear of what would happen to their pet if left behind. That fear is real. Statistics show that 85% of women and children entering a shelter report that their abuser had threatened, injured, maimed, or killed the family pet for revenge or psychological control. Yet only 3% of domestic violence shelters nationwide are able to accept pets. That is why Lost Our Home Pet Rescue specializes in helping domestic violence victims with their pets.
Your Pets Have a Place to Go When You are Escaping From a Home with Domestic Violence
Whether you find a place to stay with family or friends, or must go to a shelter, rest assured that Lost Our Home is here to provide temporary housing for you pet(s) until you find a safe, permanent home. We can help in several ways:
Temporary Care Program
- Lost Our Home Pet Rescue will care for pets either at our shelter in Tempe or in a foster home for up to 90 days. All pets are taken care of medically, physically and emotionally so that pets can heal while pet parents heal and get their life back together too.
Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter
- For women and children who are fleeing violence and must go to a shelter, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue began a partnership with the Sojourner Center, one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States. At an established Pet Companion Shelter, Sojourner Center provides women and children escaping domestic violence the option to bring their pets with them to heal together. The Pet Companion Shelter is the first of its kind in Maricopa County and is located on the Sojourner Center campus so women and children can be with their pets at any time. Lost Our Home Pet Rescue not only manages the shelter, but provides pet food, training and veterinary care for the pets and pet-related support to families living at the shelter.
Domestic Violence Hotline 1(800) 779-7233 (SAFE) or www.thehotline.org
When you leave:
- Make pets part of your safety plan. Arizona is one of 32 states that allows pets to be a part of a protective order.
- Ensure that you have proper documentation of ownership for your pet. This includes receipts from adoption of pet, license to establish ownership, receipts from pet care expenses.
- Pack a bag for your pet that includes: food, medicine, veterinary and vaccination records, leash or carrier, ID and rabies tag, favorite toys and bedding.
- If you must leave your pet behind, contact law enforcement to intervene.