The CDCH Pet Retreat Scheme is a pet fostering service for individuals fleeing domestic abuse, that provides support and care to their pets while they are temporarily unable to. Our project offers a solution to a vulnerable situation and enables an individual to flee to safety.
Refuges offer a place of safety but are sadly unable to accept pets meaning that in many cases individuals experiencing domestic abuse are unable, or reluctant to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pet. Our Pet Retreat scheme provides no-cost pet care enabling vulnerable individuals and families access to a refuge without the fear of what could happen to their pet.
We work closely with key organisations within our community to ensure a successful multi-agency approach in a client’s time of need.
A contractual arrangement is put in place between the client and CDCH. Pet Retreat animals are cared for in the loving home of a volunteer foster carer until their client can be safely reunited with them.
During the animal’s stay, regular updates will be provided through the refuge to the client, whilst maintaining strict confidentiality measures of the animal’s location.
Fostering an animal is a rewarding experience for any animal lover. If you live locally and would like to help, please CLICK HERE for more information about fostering.
In order to access the support of our Pet Retreat Scheme, you will need to be referred by a professional body.
Below are some of the services we have already worked with, in support of their clients. Do visit their website or contact them for further advise on the support they can provide. They will then be able carry out a referral on your behalf:
The Nelson Trust – Women’s Community Services.
Stroud 01453 885633,
Gloucester 01452 397690
GDASS – Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service
01452 726 570
Stroud Women’s Refuge
If you are fleeing domestic abuse, or working on behalf of a client, please contact the relevant service above, or the reception team at CDCH for further information on how to access our pet fostering service.
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