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February 13, 2012

Safe For Pets Too Celebrates First Year Anniversary

On February 9th, 2012 Safe For Pets Too will celebrate the anniversary of its first year of operations here in New Brunswick. This province wide service provides emergency boarding and care for animals belonging to individuals seeking refuge from domestic violence.  The program has been building momentum in helping women with pets who find themselves in difficult and often dangerous circumstances.

During the last year, over 20 women have used the services of Safe For Pets Too and over 30 animals were placed in foster care.  The program has meant a great deal to the clients it has served throughout the first year. One client who used the service wrote the following: “I could no sooner have turned my back on my animals than I could any other member of my family...I would like to thank Safe For Pets Too for being there. I could not have done it without you.”

Women can access the program through transition houses, domestic violence outreach offices or, during an emergency, the local police or RCMP.  NBSPCA Animal Protection Officers provide transportation for the animal to a different community for veterinary care and fostering.  At the end of the 30 days, or sooner, the pet is reunited with its family.

The service is overseen by a volunteer committee which includes representatives from the NBSPCA, the New Brunswick Veterinary Medicine Association, transition houses and domestic violence outreach, Police, RCMP, Public Legal Education and Information Service and the New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police.

Anyone looking for further information about the program can also visit the NBCVMA’s web page at www.nbvma-amvnb.ca  and click on the Safe For Pets Too link or email the New Brunswick SPCA at admin.nbspca@bellaliant.com

Click here to view the First Annual Report on Sheltering Animals of Women Leaving Domestic Violence in NB