Freedom Project

Providing temporary foster care for dogs belonging to families fleeing domestic violence

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2004 – Dogs Trust launches the Freedom Project pet fostering service in Greater London. The launch and service is backed by Refuge and Women’s Aid.

2005 – Dogs Trust launches the Freedom Project pet fostering service in Yorkshire in order to help more families fleeing domestic violence find somewhere safe for their pets. Vera Baird QC attends the launch and highlights the importance of pet fostering services.

2005 – In December the Freedom Project London service is awarded an Annual Domestic Violence Award from the London Mayor for organisations making a real difference to the lives of victims of domestic violence in London.

2006 – Marks the two year anniversary of the Freedom Project working with Cats Protection in London to help care for cats temporarily as well as dogs.

2007 – 350 pets helped through the service to date. Both the London and Yorkshire services are well established and taking daily referrals from clients, women’s refuges, the police, social services and other outreach and support services.

2010 – Actress Jo Joyner and TV presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell kindly support and promote the Freedom Project.

2013 - We have now helped over 1100 pets through the service. Thank you to all those involved, especially to our dedicated and patient volunteer pet foster carers.

2014 - We mark our 10th anniversary and foster our 1200th pet

2016 - The Freedom Project extends its service to cover Essex

2017 - Our partnership with Cats Protection comes to an end as they set up their own cat fostering service Paws Protect. They will continue to help families fleeing domestic abuse with cats in London, Hertfordshire, and Essex.

2017 - The Freedom Project extends its service to cover the North East of England.

2018 - The Freedom Project extends to offer pet fostering service to people fleeing domestic abuse in Scotland  

2019 - The Freedom Project expands its service to the North West of England, working collaboratively with Endeavour Paws Protect. The project marks its 15th anniversary by releasing new research on pet abuse within domestic abuse.