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.

How you can help

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