10 facts about our Pets In Crisis Program

10 facts about our Pets In Crisis Program

  1. The Pets In Crisis Program exists to care for pets whose families are escaping domestic violence.
  2. A lot of refuges do not accept pets, so many people decide to stay in a domestic violence situation for fear of what might happen to their pet if they leave. Sadly, our counsellors regularly speak to people whose intimate partners use violence or threats of it towards their pets – in order to frighten and control them into staying.
  3. Established in 2005, the Program is a collaboration between DVConnect and the RSPCA Queensland.
  4. Each pet is given safe accommodation, food, and in most cases veterinary care.
  5. The Program cares for almost 300 pets each year.
  6. BUT, last financial year we were forced to turn away 2-3 pets every week because we don’t have enough funding or safe accommodation to care for them.
  7. Pets can stay in the program for up to 28 days.
  8. Any pet is accepted, provided there is a suitable place for them to be cared for.
  9. Each pet is given a thorough health check by an RSPCA veterinarian. Sadly though, a lot of pets from domestic violence situations haven’t received the medical care they should have in their lives. This means more vet care is needed, which means more costs.
  10. The minimum cost to operate the Pets In Crisis Program is $150,000. This increases when the number of animals needing help increases. 
  11. To access this program, you must speak with the DVConnect team. Please call anytime on 1800 811 811, they are available to chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


If you would like to donate to our Pets In Crisis Program we would be so very grateful.

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If you or someone you know needs help, please call us:

Womensline 1800 811 811
Mensline 1800 600 636
Sexual Assault Line 1800 010 120
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732

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Thank you for your help, for everything you have done for me over the last few days. Your services are more than impressive and impeccable for anyone who may be in danger or in need of help of any kind. I may not be here today without your protection and the services you provided me. It is amazing to know there are people out there that give their absolute best to keep others safe, because they can and they care. Before making the call to you I felt too ashamed and far too proud to ask anyone for help. But now I feel strong knowing that I had the courage to put my hand up and ask for help. It saved my life! 

Sarah, Gold Coast

Your donation will help us...

  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more safety planning, crisis counselling & information to those escaping violence.
  • Educate Queenslanders on how to help family/friends/colleagues experiencing violence.