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Safe Pets Program – Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County


SAFE PETS coordinates confidential, temporary foster care to ensure the safety of domestic violence survivors’ pets if they cannot bring them to the emergency shelter or other temporary living situations.

SAFE PETS helps survivors plan for their pets’ needs when leaving an abusive partner. Learning as much as possible about the pets in advance can help us coordinate the most suitable temporary home. For our clients, DVS can also assist with:

  • Coordination of the pet’s veterinarian records and license records.
  • Food
  • Medications
  • Other supplies and items that pets and owners need.

Research shows abusers often have a pattern of violence towards all members of the household – including children and pets. When domestic violence survivors seek to flee their abusers, many are faced with the challenge of finding shelter for themselves, their children, and their pets.




Many shelters do not have the means to house companion animals. Sadly, many survivors stay in abusive homes for fear of subjecting their animals to continued abuse if they’re left behind, or worse yet, torture or death.