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Paws Protect is Cats Protection's pet fostering service for families fleeing domestic abuse.

At Paws Protect, we understand that survivors face many barriers when leaving an abusive situation. We exist to enable people to leave for safety knowing that their cat will be looked after in a loving home, until they are able to be reunited. Paws Protect is run by an experienced woman-only team, who take referrals, collect cats, and arrange foster placements through a wonderful network of dedicated volunteers.

The service is completely confidential to ensure safety for owners, volunteers and cats. While it is not possible for the owner to visit their cat while they are being fostered, the Paws Protect team visit the fosterer on a regular basis and provide monthly updates to the owner.

The service is completely free to owners, with all costs including vet treatments covered. We’re only able to offer this important service thanks to generous support from the public. You can donate to Paws Protect here.

If you are worried that someone may be aware that you have visited this website, please click here to read safety information about covering your tracks online from Women’s Aid.

If you would like to know more about Paws Protect, pet fostering for domestic abuse or other fostering services, find out more below or read our FAQs.

If you need support with domestic abuse, please call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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