Interval House is partnering with Toronto's SafePet program to ensure that women and children fleeing domestic violence won't have to leave their pet behind.
Abusers will often use pets as a form of control over their partner, threatening negligence, physical violence, and death if they leave. Most shelters for women and children don't have the capacity to shelter animals, leaving survivors with the option of escaping violence or the wellbeing of their pet.
Through this program women can seek out SafePet partnered vets which will match their pet with approved foster homes to look after their pet. This collaboration mitigates that barrier, giving women and children further support to escape abuse.