Emergency Boarding

Protective Care in a Crisis

Research shows that offenders of domestic violence often have a pattern of abuse involving all members of the household – including pets. When survivors of domestic violence seek to escape their abusive homes they’re not only faced with the challenge of finding shelter for themselves, but also for their pets. To address this problem, the Humane Society has partnered with Hiatus House for more than a decade to allow women fleeing domestic violence to have a safe place for their pets.


Over the years, the program has expanded to provide short term (typically 5 days or less) emergency care for pets when people are in other urgent crisis situations. This last resort program gives people experiencing a temporary crisis some time to make arrangements for their pets and helps to keep families together. People who are homeless because of a disaster such as flooding or fire, or those who have suffered a medical emergency and been rushed to hospital would normally qualify for this service.


Our emergency boarding program is offered at no charge to pet owners. If you are in a crisis situation, please contact us at 519-966-5751 for more information. Please note that this program is offered within the limits of available resources and will normally not be available for situations that a pet owner could have planned for (such as an eviction or travel). A reference may be required from the social service agency providing support to the owner.


This program is ONLY possible because of our community’s support. To help support community programs like this, please donate here.