If you are in a domestic violence situation, your family and your pet can get out and get help!
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.
Your Pets Have a Place to Go When You are Escaping From a Home with Domestic Violence
Too often, people find themselves in abusive situations that they must escape. Yet, it is more complicated when you have a pet or pets. It is crucial to leave and just as crucial, to not leave any pets behind. 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 your pet(s) until you find a safe, permanent home.
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 few domestic violence shelters are able to accept pets. That’s why for women and children fleeing violence and who 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. As an established Pet Companion Shelter, Sojourner 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 vet 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