SafePet Ottawa fosters companion animals for women and their children who need to exit from domestic violence into the safety of local Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters.
We are veterinary clinics, fosters, behaviourists and sometimes your next-door neighbour.
We provide necessary veterinary intake and long- or short-term fostering for the duration of a woman’s stay in her shelter.
Upon exiting a shelter, we reunite owners with their pets so that they can move into a better future together.
How does SafePet work?
Pet Fosters in the Ottawa area (men & women over 18 years of age) take-in pets that belong to women who are residents of VAW shelters. The Fosters provide pets with food, shelter and appropriate exercise so that women at risk of abuse can stay in safety at the VAW shelter until they are ready to exit without having to worry about their pets’ well being.
SafePet Veterinarians provide assistance to SafePet by serving as a neutral location where the pet owner can drop-off their pet before entering a VAW shelter. The Veterinarian then completes a health exam and administers any needed vaccinations to the animal. The identities of the pet’s owner and Foster are kept strictly confidential for the security and well being of the pet and volunteers.
Once the woman exits the shelter, she is reunited with her pet(s). The hub for pick-ups and transfers between Foster and owner is at the intake Veterinarian’s practice.
Usually, the VAW shelter will arrange transport for the woman from her current residence to the shelter, so the drop-off of the pet will be done on the way to the shelter.