Protecting pets during domestic violence 

Pets who are being abused may show signs such as anxiety, aggression, fear, and withdrawal. They may also have physical injuries, such as bruises, cuts, and burns.


If you suspect that a pet is being abused, contact your local animal shelter or animal control agency. They can investigate the situation and provide resources to help the pet and its owner.

Suspect pet

If you are experiencing domestic violence, it is important to have a plan for keeping your pet safe. This may involve finding a temporary home for your pet, such as with a friend or family member, or at a pet-friendly shelter.

Pet safe

There are many resources available to help victims of domestic violence, including shelters, hotlines, and counseling services. Many of these resources also offer assistance for pets.


If you are experiencing domestic violence, please know that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help.


Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) is a program that provides temporary housing for pets of domestic violence survivors. Learn more at


The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7, confidential support to victims of domestic violence. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit to learn more.

Violence Hotline

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