Cats Protection Paws Protect
15 March 2017
You’ll have heard about our neutering work, the education we provide and, no doubt, the number of cats we rehome every year. What you may not know is how we work to help the cats of families torn apart by domestic abuse through our Paws Protect service covering London, Hertfordshire and Essex. This service is also offered by Dogs Trust Freedom Project to help dogs of these families.
We know that for many victims, leaving violent relationships or home is made impossible simply because they cannot bear to lose their pets or to put them at risk.
Very few local authorities provide facilities for boarding pets and most refuges for those escaping such abuse are unable to accept pets.
We provide a free fostering service taking care of cats through Paws Protect until their owners are in a position to reclaim them. We have helped over 400 cats. The service is currently available to people seeking places at emergency refuges in Greater London, Hertfordshire and Essex.
Download a Paws Protect referal form - click here
How Paws Protect is run
Paws Protect advertises its services throughout refuges and women’s projects across the Greater London, Hertfordshire and Essex areas. In addition posters and information cards are sent to various services in the area.
Referrals are dealt with by our staffed Paws Protect Coordinator and Assistant through our referral line 0345 260 1280 or firstname.lastname@example.org, who will find a suitable fosterer.
All information concerning the client and the foster carer is confidential. The fosterer will not know the identity or the whereabouts of the cat owner and visa versa. The owner is not able to visit their cat whilst it is being fostered however we visit the fosterer on a regular basis and monthly updates are provided to the owner.
Cats in the care of Paws Protect can only be placed in a home where there are no other cats or dogs and they must be kept indoors for the period they are fostered.
We are on the look out for Fosterers for Paws Protect in the South East of England. To search for volunteering roles in your area, please click here
Download a Paws Protect Fostering Application form - Click here
The cost of cat food, litter and veterinary expenses will be paid for by Cats Protection and all cats will be microchipped, vaccinated and neutered if necessary. We will also provide relevant equipment like litter trays, feeding bowls, bed, scratching post etc. Once a cat has been placed with a fosterer, they will receive ongoing support and regular visits from Cats Protection throughout the foster period. To help fund this, you can donate to the project here
You can see the Dogs Trust Freedom Project webpage by clicking here