Pet Safekeeping Program

Pet Safekeeping Program

Did you know...

  • 59% of abuse victims who have animals delay leaving out of concern for their animals
  • 36% of abuse victims with animals reported that their abuser threatened or harmed their animals, and 85% of threats were carried out
  • 85% of victims with both children and animals reported that the children witnessed the threat or harm to the animals: in 50% of those cases, it was the child’s own pet that was threatened or harmed

For many victims of intimate partner violence, their relationship to their pet is the strongest positive connection with another living being.  In abusive relationships, pets are often targeted by the abusive partner, threatened or killed in order to exert power and maintain control over the victim.  Furthermore, since emergency shelters are often unable to accommodate pets, many victims delay leaving an abusive situation out of fear for what might happen to their pet. 

You can help...

Humane Services is looking for individuals able to provide loving and caring foster homes for pets of residents who find themselves in an emergency situation.  

If you feel you are able to be a foster parent to a dog in need, complete the application form - a staff person from Humane Services will be in touch with you to set up a home visit and talk with you about what it means to foster an animal from an abusive home.

Are you a victim of domestic violence?
Are you staying in your home because you are worried about what might happen to your pet if you leave?
Emergency Situations: Contact the Domestic Violence Unit of the RNC by calling 911.
Non Emergency Assistance: 729-8000
General Advice: Contact IPVU at or call 729-8093 (This number is not monitored 24/7).

This is a joint initiative of the City of St. John's and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.