0808 2000 247 Free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline Run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge

Useful links - pet fostering


View a handy pet fostering services leaflet created by the Links Group.

Dogs Trust Freedom Project Greater London
Area covered: Greater London
Tel: 0800 298 9199.

Dogs Trust Freedom Project, Yorkshire
Area covered: Yorkshire
Tel: 0800 083 4322.
Paws for Kids
Area covered: Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside
Tel/Fax: 01204 698 999
Email: info@pawsforkids.org.uk

The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
Area covered: Kent and Sussex
Tel: 01825 880478
Email: petfostering@raystede.org

Pet Fostering Service Scotland
Area covered: Scotland
Tel: 01877 331496

Pads and Paws
Area covered: East Northamptonshire
01832 742257      
Email: padsandpaws@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

Pet Retreat, RSPCA Regional Headquarters
Areas covered: Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Isle of Wight.
Tel: 07715 540182
Email: petretreat@rspca.org.uk

Pet Retreat, RSPCA
Areas covered: Leicestershire, Rutland and South Lincolnshire.
Tel: 07910 721797
Email: petretreat@southwitham.com

Pet fostering, Central & North East London
Tel: 020 8805 6330
Email: animals@rspcacentrallondon.org.uk

Mayhew Animal Centre
Area covered: within the M25
Pet Refuge scheme that may be able to help care for your animal if you find yourself unable to for a limited period of time. With the exception of genuine emergencies, two weeks notice must be given before the pet needs to be cared for.



Animal Samaritans Foster carers are available to provide temporary care until a suitable, permanent home can be found. (south-east London and north-west Kent)

The Cinnamon Trust provides short term care for animals belonging to elderly pet owners who are going into hospital or moving to residential accommodation where they are unable to take their pets. The Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died and for terminally ill pet owners. 


The Links Group is a multi-agency interest group that promotes the welfare and safety of vulnerable children, animals and adults so that they are free from violence and abuse. Members comprise of leading associations and charitable organisations. As part of The Links Group, some charities offer pet fostering services specifically for pets belonging to women fleeing from domestic violence.  

Understanding the links – statistics on child abuse, animal abuse and domestic violence

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