Call out for pet foster carers to support domestic violence survivors

  • ​Pets in Crisis provides a safe and loving home for pets while owners escape circumstances of family and domestic violence
  • The State Government has committed more than $1.34 million since 2017 to support 173 families and 260 pets in escaping violence
  • RSPCA WA calling for new pet foster carers to join the program
  • Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk has acknowledged the everyday heroes fostering animals through the RSPCA WA Pets in Crisis program as the 16 Days in WA campaign enters its second week.

    Pets in Crisis offers salvation for pets and owners alike, creating a safe haven for animals impacted by violence in the home, as survivors seek support and safety.

    Under the program, foster carers give animals in need, a loving, caring and stable home, removing one of the key logistical and emotional barriers that can prevent women and children from finding help.

    When safety is established, pets and owners are once again reunited.

    The State Government has been proud supporters of the Pets in Crisis program since 2017, committing more than $1.34 million to fund the initiative which has now assisted 173 families and 260 pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds.

    Sadly, perpetrators of family and domestic violence sometimes target animals in the home, exploiting the owner’s love and dedication to their pets in a deliberate attempt to leverage control.

    As part of the 16 Days in WA campaign to end gender-based violence, RSPCA WA is putting out the call for new pet foster carers to come forward and expand the network of volunteer helpers which will provide more respite and help more families find safety.

    If you or someone you know has the heart, space and capacity to extend help to our furry friends, please visit the RSPCA WA Pets in Crisis webpage for more details, including steps on how to volunteer. 

    The annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign commences on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and runs through to 10 December (Human Rights Day).

    Now in its sixth year, 16 Days in WA draws inspiration from the global movement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to drive a change in culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children.

    Further information on the 16 Days in WA campaign, including statistics and resources, are available online.

    As stated by Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:

    “It’s no overstatement to say the volunteers opening their homes and hearts to foster pets in need are everyday heroes.

    “They’re helping people and pets escape traumatic and dangerous circumstances – and importantly, helping them reunite so they can heal together.

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