Pet Refuge to help pets escape domestic violence.

Pet Refuge New Zealand have opened their doors to pets in need, and Southern Cross Pet Insurance is proud to be a supporting partner.

Why we need Pet Refuge

Most victims can’t take their pets with them when seeking refuge, so for many victims of domestic abuse they must make the choice between leaving their fur-baby behind or staying to protect them. Pet Refuge will help these victims leave earlier.

53% of women whose pets were abused as part of domestic violence, delayed leaving out of fear for their pet's safety 1

“For many people, pets are family. For victims of domestic violence, they provide real solace. Leaving them behind with an abusive partner just isn’t an option. We hope that if victims know their pets will be well looked after while they escape, it will remove a barrier to them leaving” says Julie Chapman, Founder of Pet Refuge

How Pet Refuge will help Kiwi families

Pet Refuge New Zealand will provide a temporary safe haven for the pets of family violence victims, keeping them safe while their owners escape abuse.

The shelter is a purpose-designed building, and will house up to 300 pets every year, including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds from all over New Zealand.

It’s a national service for families affected by domestic violence, and the goal is to reunite each fur-baby with their owners so they can start new lives together in violence-free homes.

Why Southern Cross Pet Insurance is getting involved

We believe pets play an important role in family life, and like every other family member, they deserve to live in a safe environment.

"We are proud to be a part of the Pet Refuge story. And we know by working together, we can help more Kiwi pets live happier, healthier, safer lives," says Anthony McPhail

You can help too

If you would like to support Pet Refuge and the important work that they do you can sponsor a safe bed for a pet for just $25 a month. Head to the Pet Refuge site to find out more information.

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