Safety Planning for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims
Create a Safety Plan that Includes Your Pet
If you are planning to stay...
- Keep emergency provisions for your pet in case your abuser withholds money.
- Keep the phone number of the nearest 24 hour emergency veterinary clinic
- Establish ownership of your pet by creating a paper trail (e.g. obtain a license, have veterinarian records put in your name)
If you are planning to leave...
- Obtain safe emergency shelter for pet, somewhere that won't be disclosed to your abuser (e.g. veterinarian, friend, family, a safe haven for pets program)
- Pack a bag for your pet that includes:
- documents of ownership (receipts from adoption or purchase of pet, license to establish ownership, receipts for animal purchases)
- health documents (veterinary or vaccination records)
- ID and rabies tag, if a dog or cat (these will also help establish ownership)
(If you must leave without your pet, remember to leave enough food, fresh bedding, litter, etc. for your pet.)
If you have left...
- Keep pets indoors (if possible)
- Don't let the pet outside alone
- Pick a safe route and time to walk your pet
- Don't exercise/walk pet alone
- Change your veterinarian