There are so many ways that fostering helps in our communities.
What many people don’t know is that some rescues are not only lifesavers for dogs and other animals, but also for people who find themselves in impossible domestic situations. It’s yet another example of how fostering animals plays such an important role in the lives of animals and animal lovers in today’s society.
There are people suffering in silence right now across the UK who fear, not only for their own safety and often that of their children too, but also for the safety of their beloved companion animals.
When you’re so desperate to escape an abusive situation, sometimes with just the clothes on your back or whatever you can quickly pack in a bag, you can either find yourself staying with friends, becoming homeless or seeking a bed in a refuge shelter. These are often not options that make it possible to take your pet with you.
For too many people, they feel unable to flee abuse because they are too fearful to leave a violent partner who may hurt or even kill their vulnerable pet in anger or as an act of revenge.
This is where being able to contact a rescue and have your pet placed in a temporary foster home until you can relocate to somewhere safe and be reunited with your pet, is so vital.
Help4Wales Foundation Animal Safe Haven is a service in Wales. They support victims of domestic abuse by temporarily caring for their pets while they access a refuge and begin to rebuild their lives. Each animal is referred to Animal Safe Haven where they receive a full health check, vet treatment if required, and a fosterer to provide a temporary loving home.
Pet Refuge Hampshire will be providing a pet fostering service in Hampshire to enable individuals and families escape a domestic abusive relationship. This enables them to access the support they need to rebuild their lives and be reunited with their pets. When escaping an abusive relationship to access safety, many individuals and families are unable to take their pets with them. We will be fostering cats, dogs and rabbits for up to six months dependent on each person’s circumstances. This type of pet fostering service is vital to ensure the safety of both the individual, families and pets. We will pay for food, bedding and any necessary veterinary treatment required.
Refuge4Pets provides a pet fostering service in Devon and Cornwall so that victims of domestic violence and abuse can escape to access safety and support before being reunited with their pets. Often individuals and families escaping violent and abusive relationships are unable to take their much loved pets with them. In many cases this will stop people from leaving. We foster dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles, rabbits and small furries such as hamsters for up to six months. Our pet foster carers are volunteers who are committed to caring for animals and are carefully recruited to make sure they offer the best possible temporary foster homes.
Endeavour Project provides a pet fostering service for women pet owners going into refuges in the North West. We always need volunteers living in the North West to become foster carers. During the placement you will receive on-going advice and support from Endeavour staff.
The Freedom Project is a free fostering service for dogs belonging to people fleeing from domestic abuse. The service operates in Greater London and the Home Counties, Yorkshire, the North East and North West of England and Scotland.
Families fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their pets with them into a refuge so in many cases they are unable to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets. Dogs Trust, alongside other pets fostering services in the UK, offers a solution.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and want to leave your current situation but have nowhere for your dog, cat, rabbit or other pet to go to temporarily, please don’t hesitate to contact the above organisations or your local rescue and rehoming centre who will do what they can to assist you and put your mind at rest while you find alternative accommodation.