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Safekeepers Program

Let us worry about them so you don’t have to.

The Safekeepers Program offers pet foster care for individuals fleeing interpersonal violence in the Lower Mainland. We provide up to six months of care with a specially trained foster family. The goal of this program is to keep people and their pets together. We accept:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Small Animals

If you or someone you know is in need of this service, please contact us for further information. E-mail us at or call 1-855-622-7722 and ask about the Safekeepers Program.


A happy black lab dog wearing a collar and ID inside a living room with a family of an adult and a baby

Including pets in your safety plan

If you are fleeing interpersonal violence, here are suggestions to include pets in your safety plan:

  • Remove anyone who is a threat to your safety from the pet’s contact information, including:
    • Vets
    • Microchips and tattoos
    • ID collars
    • Pet day cares and boarding
    • Groomers
    • City pet licenses
  • Contact your pet’s vet for medical records
  • Prepare transportation, either a carrier or harness/leash
  • Pack a small supply (two days) of pet food and all medications
  • Keep evidence you have of threats or harm against your pet by another person(s)
    • Examples: photo, voicemail, text message
  • Save proof of pet ownership with your name on it
    • Examples: adoption papers, vet records

If you expect to need foster support for your pet, contact the BC SPCA Safekeepers program so we can work together to make a plan. It can take time to find a foster so please reach out as soon as you can.

Other resources

To report animal cruelty, please call the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722.