When considering escaping a domestic abuse situation, you may have concerns regarding your pets.  In the South West, there is a charity called Refuge4Pets which provides a pet fostering service so that individuals and families can escape violent and abusive relationships, to access the safety and support that they need, before being reunited with their much loved pets.

Most emergency housing and refuges do not accommodate animals and this is where Refuge4Pets can help.  They understand that, in many cases, not being able to take animals will stop people from leaving. They foster dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles, rabbits and small furries, such as hamsters, for up to six months. Refuge4Pets foster carers are volunteers who are committed to caring for animals and are carefully recruited to make sure they offer the best possible, temporary, foster homes. Refuge4Pets understand that people often leave with nothing, which is why all of the pets that they foster receive any necessary vet treatment, food and bedding, all paid for by the charity. For information about accessing this service, please visit the Refuge4Pets website.