Help free
dog owners
domestic abuse

Lockdown is making domestic abuse worse. The dogs of people who experience abuse are at risk from harm too.

Many refuges for families fleeing domestic abuse can't accommodate animals. Some owners can be afraid to leave an abusive partner because of what might happen to a dog they leave behind. So many stay, because they feel it's the only way they can protect their beloved pet.

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The Freedom Project offers them - and their dogs – a lifeline.

Working with refuge organisations, we find safe foster homes for dogs in need. And we provide them with food, toys, bedding and veterinary care. This empowers owners to leave, as they know their dog is safe.

When the time is right, we reunite dogs with their loving owner - so they can begin a new life together.

Visits to our online information about the Freedom Project have increased 300% during lockdown. When Government restrictions start to relax, most of us will enjoy more freedom. Your support will help people and dogs in abusive situations find their freedom too. People like Gemma, and her dog Dusty.

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Gemma's story

Gemma was in an abusive relationship for three years. Both Gemma and her dog, Dusty, came under attack. Gemma felt there was no way she could leave Dusty behind. That’s when she heard about the Freedom Project. We found a safe foster home for Dusty within 24 hours. And Gemma was able to flee to a refuge for safety.

We need your support. Help us provide our life-changing dog fostering services, during lockdown and beyond.

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15 years

The Freedom Project has helped people like Gemma flee domestic abuse, for more than 15 years.

6-9 months

Volunteers usually foster these dogs for 6-9 months. We support them throughout, and keep their owners updated.

9 in 10

Nine in 10 professionals working in domestic abuse services have seen pets abused.

Help and support

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need advice and support, you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234 (Scotland).

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