SPCA Pet Safety Program
In 2008, the SPCA and My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter agency, partnered to create a Pet Safety Program. This program, one of a handful of programs created across the nation, developed from the growing recognition that companion animals living in violent households are often the victims of abuse, and that people seeking refuge from such situations are often unwilling to leave out of fear for their animals’ safety. Because many domestic violence shelters are unable to take in the companion animals of victims, both the SPCA and My Sister’s Place saw the need to create a program that would enable victims to leave their pets with SPCA foster families during their stay in the shelter system.
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