Project information

Refs for Pets

Finding foster care for animals means that women living with domestic abuse can leave, knowing that pets are safe and being cared for. The Pets Project recruits foster carers and finds safe homes until animals can be reunited with their familes.

April 2014 - March 2015

Charity information: Women's Aid Integrated Services

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  • Need


    Every day, women and children live with violence at home because leaving means leaving their pets behind. Wherever there is violence in the home, pets can be threatened, injured and even killed to frighten women and children and keep them from finding help. Where someone does leave, they can put themselves in danger by returning to feed or care for their animals. Leaving pets behind in can be devastating - especially for children. Most refuges and hostels are unable to house animals.


    The Pets Project helps women and children, reluctant to leave abusive relationships because of their pets, by providing a safe fostering home for their animals. Pets are cared for by volunteers who we recruit. All carers are checked for their suitability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To attract further foster carers to the project so that we can support more women and children.


    » Use 'free' methods of advertising such as e marketing social media. Also, we will print and distribute more leaflets and posters to widen our reach.

    What success will look like

    Success will be in recruiting more foster carers.

  • Impact


    Long term change happens when a woman leaves an abusive home. The success of our project is demonstrated every time a women leaves her abusive situation because her animals are cared for. Its also demonstrated every time a woman or child tells us they couldn't have left unless our project had been there.


    I'llness or absense of the one member of staff who runs the project. To try to combat this we have links with other animal welfare organisations locally such as the RSPCA.


    Quarterly statistics and case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,863

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      Amount Heading Description
      £27,863 Salary costs To pay for the post of Pets Project Worker
  • Background


    The Project works with women across Nottinghamshire. We also have a helpline which received 13,000 calls last year. Of these, around 400 callers were referred to refuge and more were referred to other services, including the Pets Project.


    Women and children who are living with domestic abuse, but reluctant to leave their homes and pets will benefit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Women's Aid Integrated Services has over 30 years experience in supporting women and children affected by domestic violence. Starting out as a refuge, we are now the key domestic abuse service in Nottingham City and South Nottinghamshire and last year, our helpline took over 13,000 calls. We have an amazing staff team who are passionate about helping women and children stay as safe as possible and recover from the effects of domestic abuse. We have

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Lloyd

    Sarah is the Pets Project Worker. Sarah recruits volunteer foster carers, collects animals and places them with a carer.