Welcome to Safe Pets Safe Families

We’re a registered charity providing programs and services to people and their pets in the Australian community who are facing disadvantage and crisis situations, predominately domestic violence. We are currently only in SA but have aspirations to be nation-wide.

Research shows that women delay leaving violent relationships in fear of what will happen to their pets. 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 are not sure where to turn we can help. We can refer you to 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, including the personal story of our founder.

Do you want to help people like Amber?


Amber is our first Safe Pets Safe Families ambassador and has bravely shared her experiences in our very first video. 

Find out more about  Amber’s story and how you can help our important organisation.

Domestic violence service contacts:

If you are in an emergency situation please call 000 or 131 444.

If you are experiencing domestic violence and need advice or assistance contact the below agencies.

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

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

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

Contact Safe Pets Safe Families:

Call 0490818879 and fill out the intake form in the forms tab 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 safepetsintakes@gmail.com

Safe Pets Safe Families on Facebook


Paw & Pals Homeless support for people with pets living Ruff on Facebook



Safe Pets Safe Families in Tasmania on Facebook


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


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

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