I want to leave my abusive home, but I don’t want to leave my pet. Can I include my pet in my safety plan?

Yes. If you are worried that the abuser might hurt the animal or pet if you leave, you can include your animal or pet in your safety plan. There are different options depending on your situation and what you are comfortable with.

For example, you might:

  • bring the animal or pet with you;
  • take it to the home of a trusted friend or family member;
  • take it to a shelter intended for pets leaving abusive homes; or
  • include your animal or pet in your protective order.


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