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How the service works

A woman and a Freedom Project staff member sit together with a small white dog

Our Freedom Project is a specialist dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse. Sadly, domestic abuse is incredibly common, and research has shown a strong link between domestic abuse and animal abuse.  
 
Many people fleeing domestic abuse won’t leave their home until they know their dog is somewhere safe. We’re here to help.  
 
We provide care for dogs for around 6-9 months in the homes of our dedicated foster carers. Since opening our doors in 2004, we’ve fostered thousands of dogs and have many success stories with happy endings to tell.  
 
The project is run by an all-female team of experienced and supportive staff. We’ll use our expertise to match you with a foster dog and provide ongoing support throughout their stay with you.  

Due to the nature of our work, confidentiality is especially important to us. Dogs will always be fostered in areas away from where they live. We’ll keep in touch with your foster dog’s family to let them know how they’re getting on, including sending them photos to let them know their best friend is in safe hands.  
 
The aim of our Freedom Project is to reunite dogs with their family. When this time comes, we’ll let you know and take care of all the arrangements. Inevitably, you’ll become attached to your foster dog and will be sad to see them leave. But you can rest easy knowing you played a vital part in helping a family and their dog get to safety, which is something they will be eternally grateful for.  
 
 

Hear from a foster carer

Interested in fostering? Hear from one of our volunteers about what fostering for the Freedom Project means to them.

A foster carer's story