to ask you all to consider fostering an animal for a DV survivor?

(19 Posts)
catlover834 Tue 06-Sep-16 21:34:52

Shamelessly posting here for traffic. I have just started fostering an animal through a brilliant scheme and was shocked to hear that they are desperately short of foster carers.

Petretreat is run jointly by Women's Aid and the RSPCA. It offers temporary foster care for established pets belonging to families who have had to flee domestic violence. You look after the animal for a couple of months until the family are safe, housed in a new place and back on their feet.

Many refuges do not allow pets and survivors of DV are often reluctant to leave them behind with a violent perpetrator. Giving them the option of foster care removes one of the many challenges of leaving a violent relationship.

They need foster carers from everything from gerbils to horses and will pay for all food, equipment and vets bills whilst the animal is in your care. My cat was very timid when she first arrived, but with a bit of love and a lot of tuna she is slowly coming out of her shell.

It is definitely worth a look:
www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/petretreat/fosterers

JellyBelli Tue 06-Sep-16 21:37:08

Thats an excellent idea smile

RebelandaStunner Tue 06-Sep-16 22:18:19

Definitely something I would consider in the future, thanks for the tip.

Omgkitties Tue 06-Sep-16 22:20:47

100% would do it!!

ImaFrayedKnot Tue 06-Sep-16 22:23:48

I had to leave the marital home and couldn't take my cats. ExH said he would have them rehomed. The local vet found a foster carer who looked after them for 9 months (I paid for cat food costs etc) until DS and I got settled. I am forever grateful, it has made such a difference to me having the cats back now we are in our new home. Heartfelt thanks to anyone considering doing this.

LilyLapwing Tue 06-Sep-16 22:25:46

What a wonderful idea! Not really in a position to do it myself but have shared with friends.

harderandharder2breathe Tue 06-Sep-16 22:26:50

I would love to if I could but I rent and not allowed pets. Great idea though!

dontwannapullahammie Tue 06-Sep-16 22:27:49

This is definitely something I would look into once I'm in my own place. Dogs trust run a similar scheme but only in certain areas

elQuintoConyo Tue 06-Sep-16 22:27:51

Great idea! I'm in Spain, so unfortunately can't physically help, but I will link on Facebook. Thanks.

FenellaMaxwell Tue 06-Sep-16 22:28:44

Of course - we could do that!

justdontevenfuckingstart Tue 06-Sep-16 22:30:02

Wonderful idea, I will look into it.

MermaidTears Tue 06-Sep-16 22:30:17

I would definitely do this in the future.

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Tue 06-Sep-16 22:30:22

How bloody lovely - I would love to do it.

coffeetasteslikeshit Tue 06-Sep-16 22:38:28

Have clicked through and downloaded the form, now just need to sleep on it, but it's definitely something I'd like to do. Thanks!

wtffgs Tue 06-Sep-16 22:43:05

Lovely idea - our cats are in their twilight years but when the time comes, I'd love to help out.

catlover834 Wed 07-Sep-16 10:23:11

Fantastic, thanks all.
flowers to you Ima. So pleased that you didn't have to give up your cats. I can imagine how heartbreaking the thought of that would be.

Apparently animals are often used as a source of control in an abusive relationship - the abuser will threaten to hurt the animal if their partner ever leaves. sad. You just cannot believe some people.

I send my cat's "mum" pictures every couple of weeks to let her know her pet is doing well and my local RSPCA centre is going to take her for a few days whilst I am on holiday. It is a wonderful scheme.

Londoncanuck Wed 07-Sep-16 11:36:23

There is also a programme run by Dogs Trust with Cats Protection (I have two lovely Freedom Project cats at the moment):

www.moretodogstrust.org.uk/freedom-project/freedom-project
www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/freedom-project

ClockBusCanada Wed 07-Sep-16 12:18:27

I clicked through and there's an Amazon Wishlist as well as somewhere to donate cash if you can't look after an animal yourself.

Thank you for posting this, OP, I will definitely be interested in getting involved in a more hands-on way when the time comes (I have my hands full with two geriatric moggies for now).

PinkSparklyPussyCat Wed 07-Sep-16 12:27:12

I think it's an excellent idea but not something I would be able to do - I couldn't hand a foster animal back as I'd be too attached! I will definitely donate to the Freedom Project though.

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