Pet Safekeeping

Protecting People and Pets from Family Violence

The Pet Safekeeping Program can help individuals escape family violence with their pet(s).

The Alberta SPCA’s Pet Safekeeping Program offers temporary care for the pets of domestic violence victims who need to escape an abusive situation and have no other place for their pets. Once accepted into the program, pets receive a full medical exam, vaccinations, and any required treatments.

The program began in mid-2014 in the greater Edmonton area and has been expanding in scope and range ever since.

Safety and confidentiality is maintained for the protection of all concerned.


We provide services to anyone affected by family violence regardless of situation, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or culture.

As awareness grows, so do the number of requests for help.
Please consider making a financial contribution to the program.

How to partner with Alberta Pet Safekeeping programs

Email to learn more about Alberta Pet Safekeeping Programs and to request a program in your area.

What people are saying about the Pet Safekeeping Program

"You and the dog foster family really played an integral part in changing my life for the better. I’m blessed and thankful. Thank you."

"I’m so grateful for this program because I got to keep my pets. They’re all I have left and even though I missed them I’m so happy that I was able to put them somewhere safe."

Client Testimonials

"Our client refused to come into shelter because she didn’t have a place for her dog and cat. Thanks to the Pet Safekeeping program she was able to find safety for herself (and her pets)."

"She no longer had to worry about her pets. She spent so much time living with her pets in her car because giving them up was not an option."

Agency Testimonials

How to
Get Help

How to Access the Program

If you are a pet owner fleeing an abusive home situation and you are concerned about leaving pets behind, please contact us.

Safety Planning

Escaping a relationship plagued with abuse is complicated. Let us help you get started.

Warning Signs

Family violence can take many forms including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse.

Program Partners

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