The Freedom Project is a free fostering service for dogs belonging to people fleeing from domestic abuse. The service operates in Greater London and the Home Counties, Yorkshire, Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Scotland.
Throughout the UK, thousands of women suffer abuse at the hands of their partner. Research indicates a strong link between animal abuse and domestic abuse, with men who are violent to women often threatening or harming a pet in order to intimidate their partner.
Families fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their pets with them into a refuge so in many cases they are reluctant to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets. Dogs Trust, alongside other pets fostering services in the UK, offers a solution.