Welcome to Safe Pets Safe Families, a registered charity that provides programs and services to people in the Australian (Currently only SA & Tas) Community facing disadvantage and crisis situations who have pets predominately domestic violence. Research shows that women delay leaving violent relationships in fear of what will happen to their pet. Our service removes the barrier to someone leaving a dangerous situation with pets, reduces animals being surrendered and needlessly euthanised If you are experiencing domestic violence or facing other tough times and not sure where to turn we can refer you to the appropriate services and help take care of your animals while you get assistance. Please read the About section for a more detailed look at how Safe Pets Safe Families started.

If you are in an emergency situation please call 000 or 131444.

If you are experiencing domestic violence and need advice or assistance

National Service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) National  Sexual assault, domestic violence and family violence counselling service


The Domestic Violence Gateway Helpline on 1800 800 098 (available 24/7)


The Family violence response and referral line 1800 633 937 (available 24/7).


Call 0435 805 867 or fill out the contact form on this website or visit one of our facebook pages below and message us through there.  We look forward to assisting you and your pets in your time of need.

South Australia

Email safepetssafefamilies@gmail.com

Safe Pets Safe Families on FB


Paw & Pals Homeless support for People with pets living Ruff on FB



Safe Pets Safe Families in Tasmania on FB



National Link Coalition (international) packed with 35 years of research http://nationallinkcoalition.org


My Saving Grace is a storytelling-based website exploring the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. It’s the first of its kind in Australia to bring together first person stories and reflections from animal and human welfare advocates including survivors, veterinarians, refuge staff, police and researcherswww.mysavinggrace.org.au

Lucy’s Project Anna Ludvik founded Lucy’s Project following the birth of her stillborn daughter, Lucy. “ I needed her senseless death to have meaning and to make the world a better place. I realized during labour that although my first born, longed for baby would be born forever sleeping, I was privileged. I was safe and I was living, Despite my suffering, not every woman was as safe as me that day., but many were also suffering. I couldn’t think of a better legacy for my daughter’s name to be attached to. A cause that seeks to protect vulnerable women*, children and the animals who comforted me during the impossible darkness that follows deep emotional pain. Every day I work hard in the hope that a child may live, a woman may thrive and an animal can happily frolic- because Lucy’s Project has recognized that animal protection is an intrinsic part of responding to the domestic violence crisis”.   Lucy’s Project holds an annual conference to connect key people in this sector to share resources, Safe Pets Safe Families is an organisation member of Lucy’s Project  www.lucysproject.com

If you would like to donate to Safe Pets Safe Families and keep this vital service going  please click on the donate button

Please take the time to watch this short video below from My Saving Grace explaining ‘the link’ between animal abuse and domestic violence