Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, visited the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity on Friday to learn about the charity’s long-running Freedom Project.
Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a free foster care service for dogs belonging to families fleeing from domestic violence and seeking refuge in temporary accommodation centres that can’t accept pets. The service operates in Greater London, as well as Hertfordshire and Yorkshire, and places pets with an experienced foster carer until the owner is in a position to have them back.
Commenting after the visit, Jean Lambert MEP said: “I really enjoyed my visit to Dogs Trust, and learned a lot more about the service that the Freedom Project offers to my constituents in the Greater London area. The Project provides invaluable assistance to people who wish to escape domestic violence but may be hesitant to do so for fear of leaving a beloved pet behind. I am aware, however, that the service cannot exist without the wonderful support of volunteer foster carers, and would urge Londoners to consider supporting the Project by signing up to become foster carers if possible.”
Dogs Trust Outreach Projects Manager, Clare Kivlehan, said: “We were delighted to welcome Jean to Dogs Trust and explain more about the work we do for families fleeing domestic violence across London as part of the Freedom Project. We would like to encourage anyone wishing to escape an abusive situation with their dog to contact the Project for assistance”.
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. There are eighteen rehoming centres across the UK and one in Ireland, and substantial resources are invested in information services, outreach projects, and education on responsible dog ownership.