15 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.