The RSPCA is appealing for financial help to maintain a service that aids Canberra pet owners during times of crisis.

The pet support program provides short-term foster care for animals of people who are in jail, homeless and victims of domestic violence.

ACT RSPCA CEO Michael Linke says the service cost about $100,000 last year and more funding is needed to meet growing demand.

"We're really starting to see this as a trend in society and we're needing to gear up and start to talk to governments, start to talk to private industry about supporting programs like this," he said.

"Even talking to the Real Estate Institute and saying there's opportunities here that we can work together with families and animals to make it a bit easier for people to live together in private rentals with animals."

Mr Linke says limited resources means some pet owners who need help are being turned away.

"At the back end of the global financial crisis, as we see more and more families in distress, more and more natural disasters, people are finding it very difficult to live with their animals in a safe and secure way," he said.

Mirjana Wilson from the Domestic Violence Crisis Centre says it is an important service.

"It's often one of the biggest hurdles for trying to find somewhere to go, that you can take your animals with you," she said.

"For a lot of women it's, 'I'd rather stay because I have nowhere for my animals to go'."


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