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Help for sufferers

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Living with domestic abuse is hard enough, but it can be made even more difficult if there is a much-loved family pet in the home.

This is where the RSPCA may be able to help you, your family and pet.


The first step - get in touch

Our PetRetreat service may be able to arrange for foster carers to look after your pet if you are fleeing domestic abuse. Your pet will be given a good home until you are settled and ready to look after it again.

If you have a pet and feel ready to leave your home to go into a refuge, or are in a refuge and have left your pet behind, please contact the RSPCA PetRetreat service.

Call: 0300 123 8278

Email: petretreat@rspca.org.uk

NB. Please be aware that because it can be unsettling for young or newly acquired animals to be moved around so much, we are only able to foster established family pets.

The next step...

Our PetRetreat leaflet - How we can help (PDF 246KB) explains what will happen once you have made contact with us. It also details other services that may be able to help.

Please be assured that all communication with us is confidential and that no one will ever be able to trace you through your pets. 

More help and advice

For further help and assistance with domestic abuse, please contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247.

Or visit the National Domestic Violence website.

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