Getting Help: Frequently Asked Questions

Ahimsa House, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the human and animal victims of domestic violence reach safety together. Ahimsa House works primarily with Georgia domestic violence shelters to provide shelter and care to the animal victims of violence while their families seek safety themselves.

How do I locate a domestic violence program or shelter?

In Georgia: 1-800-33-HAVEN.
Outside Georgia: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY for the Deaf: 1-800-787-3224
Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Se Habla Español.

If you need somewhere for your pets to go, ask the domestic violence program/shelter if they provide shelter for pets on-site, or if they can assist in locating shelter for your pets in the community. If not, contact Ahimsa House at (404)452-6248 for assistance (24 hours; language line available). Please note that this number is only for the use of victims, their representatives, and referring agencies.

How do I list my pet on my temporary protective order (TPO)?

Download an informational .PDF file here.

How do I include my pet on a conditions bond?

Download a sample form here showing you where to put the name of the pet(s).

Will you take my companion animal because I don't want it, or if it becomes inconvenient for me to keep it?

No. We accept only animals caught up in an abusive situation (see following questions) and do not accept owner surrenders due to changes of lifestyle, moving, etc. Go to for a list of local shelters and rescue groups.

I have found a stray animal, can I bring it to your shelter?

No, we do not have a physical shelter. We work with veterinarians, boarding facilities, and foster homes to care for the animal victims of domestic violence that we rescue. Go to for a list of local shelters, rescue groups, and licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

Can I request temporary care for my companion animal myself?

Yes, but only if a mental health care professional, domestic violence shelter representative, victims' advocate, solicitor general, prosecutor, or law enforcement official confirms your need. If you feel you are in a situation where you need to get temporary care for your animal and/or yourself, you should contact any of the above listed persons who will help you (then get them to contact us). You can also request help if you have a TPO.

Is there a fee for your service?

There is no charge for Ahimsa House’s service, but donations are ALWAYS welcome and accepted!

What if I have difficulty getting my pet out of the house?

A law enforcement agency should be able to assist you in this matter. It may help if your pet is listed on a Temporary Protective Order (TPO), where a judge may order law enforcement to escort you to retrieve your pet. If you need assistance in listing your pet on a TPO, see our guidelines, or you or your representative may call (404)452-6248 for further information.

Do you accept only dogs and cats?

Ahimsa House will attempt to make arrangements for any type of animal, though we cannot guarantee availability.

How long can you keep my pet?

We will provide up to 30 days of assistance. Extensions may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Where will you keep my pet?

Your pet will be housed either in one of our foster homes or at a veterinary, boarding, or animal shelter facility. For everyone's safety, we do not disclose these locations to the public.

Will I be able to visit my pet?

We will try to work with you to arrange visitation whenever possible. For safety reasons, visitation does not take place at foster homes.

Can I check on my pet?

Yes, of course! You can call Ahimsa House any time between 9AM and 5PM to check on your pet. You may also email Ahimsa House at

What forms do I have to sign?

You must complete Ahimsa House's client packet and sign the "Boarding Request Form," which will be presented and explained to you by an Ahimsa House representative. If your animal is entering a foster home, you must also sign Ahimsa House's "Consent to Care/Custody" form.

Ahimsa House - P.O. Box 8181 - Atlanta, GA 31106 -
Admin Line: (404) 496-4038 - 24-Hour Crisis Line: (404) 452-6248 - Fax: (404) 671-8599