Pet Fostering

If you are thinking about leaving an abusive relationship, or if you have left and have nowhere for your pet(s) to go while you access safety and support you can contact your nearest specialist domestic abuse animal fostering service. We understand how hard leaving is and we are here to help.

Pet Fostering Map - 2024
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Endeavour logo
Freedom by Dogs Trust
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Pet Fostering Organisations

Cats Protection Lifeline provides a free, confidential cat fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse.

We recognise that pets can be a barrier to people leaving abusive situations, so we exist to enable people to leave with the peace of mind that their beloved cats are loved and cared for until they can be reunited.

Areas covered:

South East (London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey), Yorkshire, East Anglia, the Midlands, Wales and Scotland.

Email: cats protection lifeline

Telephone contact:

London and South East: 0345 260 1280

East Anglia: 0300 012 0283

Midlands: 0300 012 0284

Scotland: 0300 012 0286

Wales: 0300 012 0289

Yorkshire: 0300 012 0187

You can visit the Cats Protection Lifeline website from this link

Endeavour Pets Service

Endeavour believes that no one gets left behind and pets are members of families too.

We offer a pet fostering service covering the Northwest for anyone escaping from domestic abuse who needs to access a refuge or temporary accommodation.

Pets are placed with one of our dedicated volunteer foster carers until they are able to be reunited with their family.

If you are ready to leave, Endeavour Pets Service can help.

Area covered:

Northwest of England


Telephone contact: 01204 394842

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You can visit the Endeavour Pet Services website by from this link


Freedom by Dogs Trust

Freedom - A specialist service by Dogs Trust

We provide a free and specialist dog fostering service for those escaping domestic abuse. We know how important it is for people to ensure that their pets are safe too, so Freedom can offer a solution. Dogs will be loved and cared for in volunteer foster homes until they can be safely reunited with their family. The service is completely confidential and run by an experienced team.

Areas covered:

London and the Home Counties (Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire), Yorkshire, East Anglia, East Midlands, West Midlands, North East of England, North West of England, Scotland and Wales.


Telephone contact:

Greater London & Home Counties 0800 298 9199

Yorkshire – 0800 083 4322

East Midlands – 0300 373 2789

West Midlands – 0300 373 2788

North East – 0300 303 3497

North West – 0300 303 4139

Scotland – 0808 169 4315

Wales – 0300 373 0677 

You can visit the Dogs Trust Freedom website from this link

We offer a free animal fostering service to victim-survivors escaping domestic abuse across Devon and Cornwall. We provide foster placements for all breeds of animals. Animals are cared for by our team of volunteers and we cover the cost of everything that animals need while they are in our care.

Areas covered:

Devon and Cornwall


Telephone contact: 0300 4000 121

You can visit the Refuge4Pets website from this link

Pet Fostering Volunteers are urgently needed!

All of our specialist animal fostering services rely on wonderful volunteers to care for animals in their own homes. If you have space in your heart and home for a foster animal please contact your nearest service for more information. We provide everything you need for animals and cover the cost of all veterinary treatment so all you need to do is provide love and care for animals. Our teams are on hand to support you every step of the way too.

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Pet Fostering – Information for Organisations

Providing best practice advice and support to organisations setting up pet fostering services for people fleeing domestic abuse.

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The overall purpose of the Links Pet Fostering Sub-Group is to:

– develop and promote service standards and best practices in the operation of pet fostering services for survivors of domestic abuse;

– to provide a trusted networking space for members where knowledge and experience can be shared;

– and to evidence and highlight the need and impact these services have on pet owners fleeing domestic abuse.


  • Promote collaborative working between member organisations.
  • Publication of combined service impacts such as statistics and fully anonymised case studies.
  • Provide best practice advice and support to organisations setting up pet fostering services for people fleeing domestic abuse.
  • Suggest and share relevant training and opportunities for members.

Specialist Pet Fostering Services Map

The Cats Protection Lifeline is now active in Wales and Scotland.

Terms of Reference & Service Standards

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