How to refer your dog
We understand how important it is to make sure your dog is safe. As many refuges can’t accept pets, our Freedom Project can provide your dog with a safe and loving temporary foster home until you can be reunited again.
Our service is completely confidential and free to use. We’ll cover the cost of your dog’s food, veterinary care, and any toys or treats they need to help settle in.
Once you’ve contacted us, we’ll need a couple of bits from you to process your referral. But don’t worry, we’ll talk you through what we need when we have a chat.
Step 1: Tell us about your dog
We will start by finding out more information about your dog. The more we know about their behaviour, the better placed we are to match them to a foster family. We will ask you, or your support worker, to complete a form about your dog to help us understand their needs and we may ask you to send us some photographs of them.
Step 2: Referral forms
We will provide you with an agreement document which explains the terms and conditions of your dog’s foster placement. Should you decide to place your dog in foster with us, we will ask you to sign to confirm that you agree to these. We will also require an email or letter from your support worker or relevant agency confirming that you are fleeing domestic abuse and will be supported to find safe housing.
Step 3: Welcoming your dog into our care
We will match your dog to one of our caring volunteer foster carers and make arrangements to collect your dog from a safe location.
To speak to one of our female-only Freedom Project team, give us a call on one of the numbers below. If you don’t live within one of these areas, please call your closest regional team and we’ll offer support and signposting.
If you’d prefer to email us, we’ll aim to get back to you within 24 hours. Please only contact us by email if you’re sure that your account is secure and isn’t being monitored.
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