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Lifeline (formerly Paws Protect) is a specialist cat-fostering service for those fleeing domestic abuse and in need of a safe place for their cat.

We are full a member of Women’s Aid and are pleased to work closely with organisations and partners supporting people experiencing domestic abuse. We are able to offer a safe, confidential fostering service so that clients can rest assured their cat will be cared for until they are in a situation where they can be reunited.

Our service is completely free for clients. Cats coming into Lifeline will be health checked and all veterinary treatment and other costs are covered while they are in foster care with us.

All information is confidential, handled by our experienced Lifeline team. The fosterer will not know the identity or whereabouts of the cat owner and vice versa, ensuring complete anonymity. We provide ongoing support to the foster carer while they care for their foster cat, and we will provide photos and updates to the owner on how their cat is throughout their time with us.

How to refer a client to Lifeline

We are able to accept referrals in the following areas: the South East (London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire), Yorkshire, East Anglia, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales.

If you are currently outside of these areas please contact your nearest team and we will chat through your options. 

To make a referral, please contact our teams directly by phone or email:

London and South East:


East Anglia:




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