Pet Refuge provides temporary shelter and care for pets affected by domestic violence, keeping them safe while their owners escape abuse.
We believe no one should have to live with violence. We have built a shelter which will ensure pet owners know their animals are safe while they start a new life free from domestic violence.
Thanks to our supporters, we’re one step closer to a future where no one has to
choose between their safety or the safety of their pets.
nights of safety
provided to pets affected by family violence.
safely with their loving families.
How you can help
Donate $25 a month to give a pet a safe bed.
This provides them with everything they neeed while their owners find safety.
Transport to provide a national service
A warm and
Wellbeing, exercise and rehabilitation
Reuniting them with their families
The 2018 Women's Refuge survey of women whose pets were abused as part of domestic violence found:
of their children witnessed pet abuse
had an animal killed by their partner
delayed leaving family violence out of fear for their pet's safety
would have found it easier to leave if there was a shelter offering temporary accommodation for their pets
We know having animals can make it significantly harder for people to remove themselves and their children from violent households.
Dr Ang Jury - CEO Women's Refuge New Zealand