Pets are often the forgotten victims of family, domestic and intimate partner violence and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) finds many of their clients are reluctant to leave a violent and/or controlling relationship without their beloved pets. Not only are they at risk of abuse and neglect themselves, but they can often be a reason a person decides to stay in a violent and/or controlling relationship. And if children are involved, people often don’t want to separate their children from their pets.
Whatever the reason, DVCS works hard at providing the necessary support to those who are wanting to leave and keep their pets. This support might include providing appropriate emergency accommodation which can cater for pets (such as cats, small dogs or rabbits etc.). It might also include organising for pets to be placed into private boarding facilities and arranging for the pets to receive urgent vaccinations before going into private boarding facilities.
This all costs money, all boarding facilities and vets are privately run businesses and they have a right to charge for their services – especially any out of pocket expenses.
To help DVCS support our furry, feathery and scaly friends, they are calling on all pet owners around Canberra to enter their pet in their 2019 DVCS Pet Calendar competition. It’s super easy! Snap a quick photo of your pet and register them via this link. Registration only costs $5, plus a small administration fee. Please make sure you read the process and rules carefully, which can be found via the link!
Entries close on 20 September 2018 and after that 12 celebrity judges will each choose their favourite pet. The celebrity Judges include Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry, Adam Shirley, Kristen Henry, Christian Lealiifano, Amanda Whitley, Alan Tongue, Juliet Moody, Sia Soliola, David Tyack, Derek Tidy, DVCS CEO Mirjana Wilson and DVCS Staff as a collective.
The 12 winners will have their own private photo shoot with a volunteer photographer, with each pet featuring on one of the months. But, if you want to guarantee your pet appears in the calendar, you can bid for your pet to feature on the front cover via Allbids. Bidding closes soon, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!
DVCS wants the calendar to reflect the amazing diversity of Canberra’s pets and hope to receive entries of rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, fish, snakes, horses, turtles, cattle, lizards, mice, pigs and everything in between. All animals entered will feature on DVCS’ Facebook page.
Pre-purchase of the calendar is now available via this link.
So, do you think your pet has what it takes to feature in the 2019 DVCS Pet Calendar?