We provide a pet fostering service in Cornwall and Devon so that individuals and families can escape violent and abusive relationships to access the safety and support that they need 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. With domestic violence and abuse being one of the most significant public health concerns that we experience in the UK, combined with the fact that over half of all households have pets this is a vital service! Since we started in September 2017 we have helped 10 families to escape violent and abuse relationships and fostered 19 pets. We have already been able to reunite 5 pets with their families which reinforced the important role that pets play in helping victims of domestic violence and abuse cope and move forward, particularly children.
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 from right across Cornwall and Devon who are committed to caring for animals and are carefully recruited to make sure they offer the best possible temporary foster homes. We understand that victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse often have to leave with nothing which is why all of the pets that we foster receive the vet treatment that they need, food and bedding paid for by us. In order to offer this service we work closely with local businesses, charities and voluntary sector organisation across the South West.