If you are worried that your pets may be in danger if you leave them at home while you seek emergency shelter, there are a few programs that may be able to help.
In most cases, these programs require shelter staff to submit the applications for safety reasons.
Ask the staff at the shelter where you're planning to stay to refer you to the Safe Pets Program. The Safe Pets Program is a collaboration between the RICADV and several private veterinarians and pet hospitals that provide emergency shelter for pets when their owners seek emergency shelter.
In addition, RedRover is a national program that provides financial assistance to victims of domestic violence for covering expenses related to pet safety. For example, Safe Escape grants can help pay for temporary boarding and veterinary care so that victims of domestic violence can ensure safety for their pets. SafePlaceForPets.org is a RedRover online directory, where pet owners who need a safe escape from domestic violence can search for shelter, housing, and community programs in their area.
If you live in Newport County, you can contact the Potter League for Animals and ask about the Pet Safe Housing program. The Potter League works with social workers and local domestic violence agencies to provide foster care and temporary housing for the pets of victims of domestic violence who must leave a dangerous household situation.