Many of us feel as though our pets are members of our family, and leaving a situation where domestic violence is present can be difficult if you don’t have anywhere for your pet to go. If you are a victim of domestic violence and are looking for a safe place for you and your pet, the Animal Welfare Institute Safe Haven Mapping Project for Pets of Domestic Violence may be able to help.
What are safe havens?
Safe havens are sheltering services available that help victims of domestic violence with placing their beloved animals out of harm’s way so that they may seek safety for themselves. Safe havens vary in each community, so it is important to research before deciding on one.
Visit the Safe Havens Mapping Project website to find a shelter that allows you to bring pets. If there is no listing for your area, call local animal shelters and ask about temporary assistance for pets in domestic violence situations.
Free Domestic Violence Resources:
- Interact of Wake County: 919-828-7740; 866-291-0855 toll-free; 844-203-8896 (Español)
- Harbor of Johnston County: 919-938-3566
- Durham Crisis Response: 919-403-6562 (English); 919-519-3735 (Español)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization)