Freedom Project

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


Our vital services are still operating through the COVID-19 pandemic but with some additional measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and dogs.

We are closely following government guidance for volunteering (available here) and we have additional safety measures in place for any volunteers who are at higher risk from COVID-19 as defined by the NHS (information available here). 

We ask that you please advise us on your application form if you do fall into this category and we can talk to you about the additional safety measures we are keeping in place. 

Freedom Project takes referrals for a wide range of dog breeds, sizes and ages, many of whom need a bit of extra support with training, behaviour and veterinary needs. Referring a dog to the Freedom Project can be a huge step for someone escaping domestic abuse, and as an emergency service we aim to help people and their dogs as quickly as possible through what can be a challenging time for both. 

Therefore, we are only looking to recruit volunteers who can be available to care for dogs at short notice and who would consider fostering a wide range of dog breeds, ages and sizes.

We always need volunteers living in London and the South East (Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire), East Anglia (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk), Yorkshire, the North East and North West of England, Wales, and Scotland to become foster carers. If you would like to apply, please complete our online enquiry form 

We think there are many fantastic benefits to being part of the Freedom Project:

  • The enjoyment of caring for a dog without the lifetime commitment
  • You will be helping a family and their dog to escape from an abusive home
  • Walking a dog is a fantastic way to exercise and keep fit and healthy
  • Dogs are a great talking point and a way to get out and meet new people
  • You’ll receive ongoing advice and support from our friendly Freedom Project staff
  • Dogs Trust covers all food, expenses and veterinary bills

Without the help and support of our dedicated volunteer foster carers, we wouldn't be able to run the Freedom Project. Please complete our online enquiry form 

Want to find out more? Listen to what our volunteer foster carers have to say: