Freedom Project

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


Important update on volunteering for the Freedom Project in relation to COVID-19/coronavirus

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 flexible and available to care for dogs at short notice and who would consider fostering a wide range of dog breeds, ages and sizes. We are particularly keen to hear from people who would be willing to foster Bull breeds and other larger breeds (such as German shepherds, lurchers, rottweilers) or even pairs of dogs from the same home to keep them together, helping them to settle.

Whilst a private garden of your own is preferred, those without a garden or with a communal garden can be considered. We can also consider applications from those who work from home full-time, but please be aware that you will need to be flexible in your availability for placements, home visits and vet appointments. We are not currently recruiting volunteers who fall within the ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ group or those who have cats or small pets.

Due to extremely high interest, unfortunately we are currently unable to respond to applications that do not meet all of the above criteria and we ask that you kindly consider this when making an application to become a volunteer. Thank you for your understanding.

We always need volunteers living in Greater London & the Home Counties (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, 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: