I want to leave an abusive situation, but I don’t want to leave my pet. What can I do?
Threats of harm or cruelty to animals may be used to try and prevent victims from leaving abusive situations. Animals often become part of a family and victims may be hesitant to leave home as they fear that something bad might happen to their cherished pet. Individuals leaving abusive situations can:
- Contact a local shelter to see if they allow pets:
- Contact the Humane Society Safe Places Program for Pets to make arrangements to have the pet cared for:
306-543-6363 ext. 244
Regina Humane Society. Safe Places. http://reginahumanesociety.ca/programs-services/outreach/safe-places/.
Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Link: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse and Animal Safekeeping. http://sspca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-The-Link-Final.pdf.