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Ways to Plan for Pet Safety and Custody

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  • Dec 12, 2016
Ways to Plan for Pet Safety and Custody
  • Ensure your pet's license is in your name.
  • Prove companionship. Ensure you can prove you were responsible for your pet's feeding, grooming, and health. This can be established through your vet, pet trainer, groomer, etc.
  • Look into potential boarding options for your pet.
  • Include food and medication for your pet in your own safety kit if planning to leave.
  • Include your animal in your order of protection (OOP). 30 states currently allow you to include an animal in your OOP.
  • Make sure you have copies of your pet's medical and vaccine records.
  • If possible, make sure your pet is current and up-to-date on its vaccines.
  • Create an info sheet that includes your pet's photo, feeding schedule, any medical conditions, and likes/dislikes.
  • Pack your pet's leash, collar, and identification tags.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member who may be able to provide temporary care and shelter for your pet.
  • If you need to leave your pet with your abuser, request that a law enforcement officer accompany you if you return to retrieve it.
  • Make sure any updated identification tags you acquire for your pet after leaving do not include information you wouldn't want your abuser to know.
  • If you do leave your pet with a friend or family member, ensure they do not divulge your pet's whereabouts to your abuser.
  • When fleeing with a cat, ensure you transport your pet in a carrier as they can be easily spooked.
  • Know your pet's hiding spots so you don't waste time looking for them if you need to leave in a hurry.