THE charity Dogs Trust runs a special domestic violence project in Greater London, and urgently needs volunteer dog foster carers in the Uxbridge and Hillingdon areas to help us to help women fleeing domestic violence.

Research shows there are definite links between domestic violence and the abuse of animals.

Indeed, women will often remain in a violent situation, as they fear their pet will come to harm if they leave their partner.

Refuges often do not allow pets, so victims must make the choice between their own safety and that of their dogs.

The Dogs Trust Freedom Project offers a free temporary foster care service for the dogs, allowing women in this terrible situation to know that their beloved pet will be cared for and they can escape the violent household and into safety.

All food and veterinary costs are paid for by the Dogs Trust. Total anonymity is assured and for safety reasons dogs will not be fostered in the area where the owner lives.

Freedom Project staff will provide support and monitor each placement on a regular basis.

Carers should be at home for most of the day and have experience of owning a dog.

If you can help call the Dogs Trust on 0800 298 9199 or email

CLARISSA BALDWIN OBE Chief executive, Dogs Trust by email