Pet Safekeeping

How to Access the Program

Program Access

The Pet Safekeeping Program currently operates in over a dozen geographical areas in the province of Alberta.

We operate 365 days a year with a 24-hour emergency crisis phone number.

If you are a pet owner fleeing an abusive home situation and are concerned about leaving pets behind, please contact us for non-judgmental confidential support.

  • Phone: 780-447-3600 extension 3750
  • Email: petsafekeeping@albertaspca.org
  • Fax: 780-455-5990

Red Flags of Family Violence

Family violence can take many forms of abuse including physical, sexual, emotional and financial. Family Violence also occurs within various types of relationships and includes intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse, violence based on so-called “honour” and forced marriages.

Deliberate cruelty to animals is a form of violence as well. Besides being harmful to a living creature capable of suffering and feeling pain, intentional animal cruelty can be one of the earliest and most dramatic predictors an individual is developing a pattern of seeking power and control by inflicting suffering on others.

This is not an exhaustive list but common warning signs of an abusive personality include:

Human Abuse

  • Threatening, belittling, bullying
  • Controlling finances
  • Explosive temper
  • Jealousy and possessiveness
  • Withholding medication or medical supports
  • Controlling communication and social media activity
  • Dictating what a person can and cannot do
  • Controlling physical appearance
  • Forcing sexual touching, intercourse, or other sexual activity
  • Not providing food or proper clothing
  • Withholding banking information
  • Silent treatments
  • Sabotage of birth control methods or refusal to honour agreed upon methods
  • Abuse of other family members, children or pets
  • Accusations of flirting or cheating
  • Pushing, shoving, pulling, pinching, hitting, burning, or cutting
  • Forcing the change of a will or financial  accounts

Animal Abuse

  • Violence towards an animal (punching, kicking, choking)
  • Evidence of multiple or repeated injuries
  • Unusual explanation for injuries
  • No explanation for injuries
  • No concern over injuries and withholding treatment
  • Yelling at and threatening to harm or hurt or kill an animal
  • Excessive use of correctional tools (shock or prong collar)

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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