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Can I include my pet(s) in a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)?

Yes. Thirty-seven states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have laws to ensure that victims of domestic violence can include their pets in restraining orders. Even if your state does not have a specific provision, most state TROs contain language that gives courts discretion to permit additional orders. For example, a court can order that pets be included in a TRO, as they do for the temporary care of children or possession of property. Conditions bonds also can include pets. A TRO can authorize law enforcement to assist with the removal of a pet from the home. Learn more here.

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Safe Havens Spotlights

Following the launch of the social media campaign, the Safe Havens for Pets team started to create spotlight posts that promote exemplary Safe Havens. These posts spotlight their efforts on all of the Safe Havens for Pets social media platforms.

If you are interested in being featured in a spotlight, please share the services your organization offers, as well as any relevant photos, to