RSPCA Queensland’s Pets in Crisis program struggling to cope

March 8, 2017

RSPCA Queensland’s Pets in Crisis program is struggling to cope with the number of domestic violence victims using the service.

RSPCA Queensland’s Michael Beatty.

RSPCA Queensland media manager Michael Beatty said 12 years ago the organisation became associated with domestic violence support service DV Connect.

DVConnect manager Di Mangan said her organisation initiated contact because the organisation was finding women “felt trapped in violent domestic situations because of concerns for their pets’’.

“Women often delay leaving a violent relationship because they’re worried what will happen to their pets,” Ms Mangan said. “Unfortunately, refuges are not equipped to take animals and women have been have been reluctant to leave if they cannot find or afford emergency pet care.”

The Pets in Crisis program was established to enable temporary care for the pets of women and children during their stay in domestic violence refuges.

Mr Beatty said the number of pets being cared for by the RSPCA had been gradually increasing every year, but last year the numbers doubled.

Originally Published by The Courier Mail, continue reading here.

For more information on the RSPCA Queensland’s Pets in Crisis program click here.

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