Dogs Threatened with Domestic Violence Need Your Help
2 CommentsMonday, 21 July 2014 | D for Dog
As Dogs Trust Freedom Project marks its 10th anniversary and fosters its 1,200th pet, the charity has launched a series of striking images to highlight the link between violence towards partners and violence towards pets. The latest project statistics reveal that 52% of the domestic violence clients using the service reported that their pets were also threatened or abused by a violent partner.
Since refuges are largely unable to accommodate pets, many people remain in violent domestic situations simply for fear of what might happen to their pet if they were to flee without them.
Dogs Trust Freedom Project is an innovative pet fostering scheme providing vital help for people in Greater London, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire fleeing domestic violence. The scheme works by temporarily placing the pet at risk with a volunteer foster carer who will care for them in their own home until they can be safely reunited with their owner.
Owners receive updates on how their pet is doing whilst in foster care, reassuring them that they are being cared for until they are in a position to have them back.
They need your help
Clare Kivlehan, Freedom Project Manager, says:
"The Freedom Project relies upon a team of fantastic foster carers who look after dogs for an average of six months. Over the last ten years we have been supported by our wonderful volunteers, who have fostered just over 1,200 pets, helping over 840 families. Without them the Project would not exist, so we are hugely thankful for their amazing support."
There are approximately 80 registered volunteer foster carers who look after the dogs as part of their family. Without these amazing foster carers, the Freedom Project would not be possible.
To see how rewarding fostering can be, please see the video below: