Are you experiencing family/domestic violence? • If you are in danger, call 000 • For information call 1800 RESPECT • Animal support information available here.

Are you experiencing family/domestic violence?
• If you are in danger, call 000
• For information call 1800 RESPECT
• Animal support information available here.

Support Services for Animals

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Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service
Domestic Violence support for humans with (and without) animals


 Epping Animal Welfare Facility operated by RSPCA Victoria.

The Epping Animal Welfare Facility (EAWF), operated by RSPCA Victoria (RSPCA), will accommodate and care for domestic animals of residents impacted by family violence in the cities of Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland.This does not apply to restricted breed or declared dangerous dogs. Access- for  specialist family violence services and other agencies. Individuals encouraged to make contact through a support worker.  Factsheet here-Info for Services

Lort Smith

Veterinary practice in Melbourne offering community programs and assistance for people with animals.

Cherished Pets

Cherished Pets is a unique veterinary social enterprise established in 2015 in the Geelong region of Victoria, Australia by veterinarian Dr Alicia Kennedy.

Our Mission: to support companion pet ownership of vulnerable people and to support pets and their people through all life stages, including vulnerable times.

Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care (CPCVC) – a social benefit company that offers a unique bond-centred veterinary service.

Cherished Pets Foundation (CPF) – the charitable partner of Cherished Pets, that exists to support companion pet ownership of elderly and disabled people living in the Bellarine region.



Shelter TAS
Emergency boarding for pets

Western Australia


RSPCA WA Pets in Crisis
The Pets in Crisis program offers a temporary home for pets from households experiencing family and domestic violence while their owner seeks refuge or temporary accommodation of their own. This helps to alleviate some of the logistical stress of removing themselves and their loved ones from a dangerous home environment.

Patricia Giles Centre

Australian Capital Territory


RSPCA ACT, Project Safe
Project SAFE stands for Support for Animals and Families in Emergencies and is designed to be a safe haven and emergency short-term care for the pets of victims fleeing domestic violence. Animals that enter the Shelter under this program also receive a full vet check, vaccinations; as well as have other immediate medical needs met. While dogs and cats are the most common pet in this program, we have also helped other small animals.

Animal Defenders Office
The ADO provides free advice on how the law affects animals and animal advocates, and how it can be used to protect them.  We also take an active role in law reform and policy formulation regarding animals and provide information materials designed both to increase awareness of animal protection issues and to empower the community to engage in public decision-making affecting animals.



RSPCA QLD Pets in Crisis

TLG Family, Children and Animal Law
TLG are fervent supporters of animal rights and welfare that are protected by law and groups such as the RSPCA.

South Australia

South Australia

Safe Pets, Safe Families
SPSF a registered charity providing programs and services to people and their pets in the Australian community who are facing disadvantage and crisis situations, predominately domestic violence. We are currently only in SA but aspire to be nation-wide.

RSPCA SA Safe Kennels
RSPCA South Australia is committed to working with the community and all organisations responding to domestic and family violence to help families and their pets find safety.


RSPCA Community Domestic Violence Program
This community program was previously known as Safe Beds for Pets. For more information please contact the RSPCA Community Programs helpline (02) 9782 4408. The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am- 5pm. During weekends and public holidays contact the RSPCA Contact Centre on (02) 9770 7555.

Animal Welfare League
Report cruelty, surrender an animal, advocacy

Northern Rivers region

Animal Rights and Rescue Group
For surrender of animals and assistance in a domestic violence crisis, supported by Lucy’s Project.

Northern Rivers Animal Services
Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS) is a self-funded, not-for-profit, registered Charity that commenced in October 2001 to provide foster care and the opportunity to re-home the abandoned, abused, lost and unwanted dogs and cats in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

K.I.T.T.E.N at Pets and Saddles Lismore
Rescue for cats in troubled times.

Byron Dog Rescue

Animal Welfare League, NSW, Mullumbimby branch