RSPCA Queensland partner with DVConnect to operate Pets In Crisis
In 2005 the RSPCA Queensland and DVConnect teamed up to help keep the pets of families escaping domestic and family violence safe while their family was rebuilding their lives. They created the Pets In Crisis Program, which provides safe accommodation, food and veterinary care to pets whose families cannot take them to a refuge with them.
For any pet lover whose animal is part of the family the thought of leaving them behind in an emergency is unthinkable. The decision is made even harder when the need to leave is due to escalating or persistent domestic or family violence. Sadly, hundreds of Queenslanders are faced with this decision because the majority of refuges do not allow animals.
Places available in refuges for the victims of domestic and family violence are scarce, and in Queensland none are able to accommodate pets. DVConnect counsellors regularly speak to Queenslanders whose intimate partners use violence or threats of it towards their pets. They do this to frighten and control them into staying. For children, moving without their special companions at this time compounds the loss and makes the trauma they are facing in their family life that much more intense.
This is where the Pets In Crisis Program comes in. When families know that their pets will be cared for by professionals while they are finding safe, alternative accommodation, it helps decrease some of the pressure and stress of their situation.
- The Pets In Crisis Program exists to care for pets whose families are escaping domestic and family violence.
- Established in 2005, the Program is a collaboration between DVConnect and the RSPCA Queensland.
- Each pet is given safe accommodation, food, and in most cases veterinary care.
- The Program cares for almost 300 pets each year.
- Pets can stay in the program for up to 28 days.
- Any pet is accepted, provided there is a suitable place for them to be cared for.
- 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. Examples of a basic vet check-up for a dog include the dog being given flea, tick and worming medication, heartworm, as well as kennel cough injections. Also a lot of cases require specialist veterinary operations due to abuse the animal has suffered at the hand of the domestic violence abuser.
- The minimum cost to operate the Pets In Crisis Program is $150,000. This increases when the number of animals needing help increases
For more information about the Pets In Crisis Program, please visit: Pets In Crisis
To make a donation to Pets In Crisis, please visit: Donate to Pets In Crisis