Womens Support Project

Dogs Trust Freedom Project

30 Apr 18

Throughout the UK, thousands of people suffer abuse at the hands of their partner. Research indicates a strong link between animal abuse and domestic abuse, with people who are violent to their partner often threatening or harming a pet in order to cause intimidation.

Families fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their pets with them into a refuge so in many cases they are reluctant 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. The Dogs Trust Freedom Project has helped over 1600 pets, and supported over 1200 people to flee domestic abuse knowing that their pets were safe and cared for. The service offers fostering placements for pets of those fleeing domestic abuse; it is free, confidential and all costs while the pet is in foster care are covered. For more information on the project please follow this link: www.moretodogstrust.org.uk/about-freedom/about-freedom

The service has now been extended into Scotland and they are currently able to take referrals from people accessing refuge in Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Lothians, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Stirling, Argyll and Bute, Fife, Perth, Dundee, Angus, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. Please see the attached referral policy to find out more about accessing the service.

For further information please contact Ashley Szafranek at Ashley.Szafranek@dogstrust.org.uk.




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