Keeping Pets Safe When Escaping Domestic Violence;

Or Getting Back On Your Feet From Homelessness or Mental Health Can Be Traumatising For Both Pets And Their Owners.

Both women and men may be victims of domestic violence, homelessness and mental health issues. Those in abusive relationships often find it difficult to leave, with lack of finances, accommodation and concerns about children often cited as reasons.

Seventy per cent of those attempting to flee domestic violence also report pet abuse, just 1 more reason many victims postpone leaving. The fear that their animals will be harmed, often the only solace to the victims most in need. Fear that their precious pets will be abused and/or neglected if they are left behind, or worse yet killed as revenge, is a very real concern often validated. If victims are able to be confident their pet will be safe, it allows them to take care of themselves.

There are numerous "Pets In Crisis" programs, providing safe accommodation, food and vet care to pets of families escaping domestic and family violence who cannot take them with them to a shelter/refuge or who don't have family or friends who can care for their pet while they find safe, alternative accommodation.

DHM Dogs goes one step further;

OUR MISSION is to help dogs (and where possible other pets) of those who are at risk from;

  • Domestic Violence

  • Homelessness

  • Mental Health

We ensure they are well-fed and provided with shelter, safety, rehabilitation and training.

Currently, animals we take into care are homed with foster carers, vetted thoroughly and supported by qualified trainers to ensure they are going into care with the best possible chance of starting their new life on the right paw. We care for them until their owners are able to get back on their feet and provide a suitable home for their pets.