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    Escaping Domestic Abuse- advice for pet owners
  • ...but in homes where there is violence and abuse, pets are often threatened, injured or killed by violent men to maintain control over their partners and children. In a survey of 50 women pet owners living in refuges because of domestic violence, 2 out of 3 said their abuser had threatened to harm their pets; 38% said that he h a d actually harmed them and a massive 94% said if there had been a pet fostering service it would have made it easier for them and their children to escape the violence. Well over half had to give up their pets when going into the refuge as there was no other option.

    In 1998, a pet fostering service for women pet owners going into refuges in the North West was launched and has grown from strength to strength.

    If you are ready to leave... Endeavour can help.

Become a pet Foster Carer

We always need volunteers living in the North West to become foster carers.

Volunteer foster carers must be over 18 years of age, have experience of caring for a dog or cat and be available to care for a dog during the day. We ask that volunteers do not leave their foster dog home alone for more than 4hrs at a time.

During the placement you will receive on-going advice and support from Endeavour staff. All information concerning the client and the foster carer is confidential. The owner is not able to visit their pet whilst in foster care but we will visit the pet and foster carer on a regular basis and keep the owner updated on their pets wellbeing. Endeavour will provide you with access to free veterinary care for foster pets. We also actively seek donations of pet food and equipment which we then pass onto foster carers.

If you're interested in becoming a foster carer, please read the application pack and return your completed form to Endeavour, 26 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4AP

or e-mail to petfostering@pawsforkids.org.uk

Download the application pack here.

  • Safe Haven has helped me and my family through a very hard and emotional time and for that I will always be grateful. Our lives are now worth living again and in the process I have made some very good friends.

    Quotes from families who have used Safe Haven
  • I was a victim of domestic violence for 7 years, as were my children. We have always had pets they were and still are a part of our family.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • The advice and support has helped me to see that the situation I was in is not the right was to be treated by anyone, with help I have been able to escape and start getting my health and life to how it should be and know the difference between a right and wrong relationship.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service
  • In the short time I have been coming to group, I have achieved so much and I feel that I have had a weight lifted’. ‘It has really made a difference to our lives.

    Quotes from families who have used Safe Haven
  • It was an enormous relief to discover this service existed – as the pets are dearly loved and an extension of our family.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • It has helped as I know if I ever need advice I can just ring up my worker and she will do her best for me and my daughter.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service
  • Group work has helped me and my son communicate - we can now talk instead of shouting at one another all the time. He is now a happy and settled young man, who feels more secure in himself and expresses confidence around others.

    Quotes from families who have used Safe Haven
  • In my case, staying at home and suffering beatings on a daily basis became more acceptable to me than leaving with the children without their pets.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • My IDVA helped me go through courts and the MARAC- she has helped me become a stronger person and move on with my life. I want to let everyone know there is help out there and life can get better.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service
  • It’s lovely to know that the children can have their pets back and it makes it easier for them to cope with not having a home.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • I was very pleased with the service I received from the IDVA service, my worker was very friendly and professional” I feel less worried and much more confident with what is going to happen in my future.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service

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