Dogs Trust is urgently looking for foster parents

A dog shelter charity is urgently seeking foster parents to temporarily care for the pets of domestic violence survivors.

The Dogs Trust Freedom Project, a specialist pet care program, has seen an increase in demand for its services this year.

Since starting in 2004, the Freedom Project has placed nearly 900 dogs in London and the South East in foster care, giving survivors access to safe housing without fear of what might happen to their dog if they don’t can take away.

This year the team has seen a 43 per cent increase in demand and is asking for more foster parents so they can continue their work.

Laura Saunders, Freedom Project regional manager, said: “Unfortunately, there is a strong link between domestic violence and pet abuse, with research showing that pets are often used as a tool by an abuser to threaten or coerce their partners.

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“This is incredibly frightening for survivors and can range from abusers preventing their partner from getting veterinary care for their dogs or spending money on dog food, to repeated threats to harm, kill or kill their dogs ‘to get rid of’.

“With many shelters unable to accept pets, survivors are understandably concerned for their dog’s safety when forced to flee.

“We already have around 170 fantastic volunteer foster parents in the area, but we desperately need the dog-loving public to volunteer as foster parents to help us support people and their pets when they need it most.”

The Freedom Project is looking for volunteers to stay at home during the day, possibly people who are retired or working from home.

You must have some experience caring for dogs and be able to commit to caring for a dog for at least six months, although holiday replacement can be provided.

All animal feed and veterinary treatment costs are covered by Dogs Trust.

Involvement in the care provided by the project is always kept strictly confidential to protect both the dogs and the caregivers.

If you think you can help or would like more information about the service, visit, phone 0808 196 6240 or apply through the website. Dogs Trust is urgently looking for foster parents

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