In 2019 PPCT awarded £10,000 to Cats Protection for their Paws Protect fostering service, an essential service for people who want to flee domestic abuse.
For many victims, leaving violent relationships is made impossible as they cannot bear to lose their pets or put them at risk. Very few local authorities provide facilities for boarding pets and most domestic abuse refuges are unable to accept cats.
Paws Protect is a free volunteer led fostering service, where cats are cared for until owners have escaped their violent relationship and resettled away from their abuser.
Currently covering London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Sussex, Surrey and Kent (all of which are areas with no other cat fostering services available), Paws Protect has helped over 265 families with over 470 cats since the service was established. Once a referral to take in a cat has been received either from an individual or an agency, our project staff will collect the cat and bring them to a Cats Protection Adoption Centre which has accommodation for Paws Protect cats. There, each cat is health checked and receives any necessary veterinary treatment. From there, cats are placed with volunteer foster carers who take care of them whilst their owner is resettled.
Making a real difference to people’s lives
Cats are usually with foster carers for 6-9 months, and all costs including cat food, litter and veterinary expenses are covered by Cats Protection during this time. All cats will be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped if necessary.All information concerning clients and foster carers is confidential.
“At Paws Protect we are so grateful for the funding received from the Petplan Charitable Trust for Paws Protect, our cat fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse,” comments Rose Abram, Paws Protect Co-ordinator at Cats Protection.
“It means we will be able to help more families out of abusive situations by fostering their cats while they flee to safety, giving them the peace of mind that their beloved pets are safe so they can be too. The funding will enable us to make a real difference to people’s lives.”