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Find freedom from domestic abuse by placing your dog with a loving foster carer

Freedom is our specialist dog fostering service, here to support you. The service is completely free and confidential.

An update on some changes to our Freedom Project

We’re updating how our service looks and how we talk about it. You’ll start to see some changes come into effect on this website in the New Year and we want to reassure you that the service we offer and the ways you usually contact your local Freedom team will stay the same. Find out more about the changes you’ll see here.

Support for you and your dog

Many refuges can’t accept dogs, which can make it harder for you to get to safety. We're here to make sure your dog is one less thing to worry about, so you can take the next step.

If you choose to use our service, we’ll find your dog a loving foster home where they'll be cared for by one of our dedicated volunteers. We'll keep you updated on how they're doing, until you're settled and ready to have them back.

Free 

Our service is completely free. We cover the cost of all veterinary treatment, food, and anything else your dog might need while staying with their foster carer, including a collar, lead, toys, treats, poo bags, and a comfy bed.

Confidential

You and your dog will be safe with us. We’ll never share your details with anyone, including the foster carer who’s looking after your pet. We always foster dogs a safe distance from where they lived, so they won't be recognised.

Expert support

Our professional, all-female team are experienced in helping people on their journey towards freedom from domestic abuse. We work closely with specialist domestic abuse services, to ensure every owner and dog receives the right support.

Regular updates

We understand how difficult it can be for someone to be away from their dog, especially at a difficult time. While it won't be possible for you to visit your dog in their foster home, we will keep in touch with updates and photos so you can see how your dog is getting on.

How to refer your dog

Referring your dog to Freedom is simple and confidential.

Referring your dog

Your dog’s foster journey

Get peace of mind, knowing your dog will be well cared for.

About the journey

Frequently asked questions

Read our answers to the questions you might have about the Freedom fostering service.

Read the FAQs

Find support for domestic abuse

Find other organisations and services that can offer advice and support for you and your pets.

Other services

Gemma’s story

After experiencing domestic abuse for 3 years, Gemma bravely made the decision to leave her ex-partner. The only problem was she couldn’t face leaving her beloved Dusty behind. Luckily, Freedom was there to help.

Gemma says,

“I eventually managed to flee to a refuge with my son, but they couldn’t take Dusty in too. That’s when I heard about the Freedom service. They were fantastic, and within 24 hours they had found Dusty a foster home.”

While in our care, Dusty enjoyed many trips to the beach with his loving foster carers, and we updated Gemma regularly with photos and updates. We’re so thrilled to say that they’re now reunited and ready to move forward with their journey, together.