Gedling Borough Council is asking for pet food donations to support a project that provides a foster home for pets from families who are affected by domestic violence.
The ‘Pets Project’ run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) helps women and their children who need to leave abusive relationships but are scared to leave pets behind with an abusive partner. Most refuges and hostels are unable to house animals, but the WAIS team can organise for a carer to foster pets and re-unite them with the owner once they are ready. The owner is required to pay for the pet food and the council are asking for customers and staff to give pet food donations to help ease the burden on the families.
People can donate food at the council offices in Arnot Hill Park, Arnold and all donations will then be passed onto WAIS who will allocate the food to the foster homes.
Councillor Kathryn Fox, Portfolio Holder for communities said;
“Pets can be used to coerce women to stay in abusive relationships and this project offers women a chance to remove themselves and their pets from the situation. If we can help that transition by promoting and showing our support for the project it may help someone make the decision to get in touch with Women’s Aid Integrated Services.”
Sarah Lloyd, Women’s Aid project organiser said:
“We’re really pleased that the council have asked to help by providing donations to the Pets Project. We are always keen to raise the profile of the project so more women are aware of it and we welcome anyone who can help by donating food, animal carriers, money or by volunteering to foster pets.”