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Paws for Kids


Areas covered:

North West region – Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria.

Pets fostered:

All domestic pets – dogs, cats, small furries, birds, fish etc. Referrals for un-neutered cats & dogs are only accepted with the owner’s agreement to neuter.

Dogs neutered on ‘Dogs Trust’ vouchers Cats neutered by Paws for Kids.

We positively encourage the neutering of all Rabbits, but are only able to do so with contribution towards cost from the owner.

How to access scheme:

If pets are part of the family, referrals can be taken directly from women fleeing domestic violence or from any of the agencies that may be contacted for help; this includes Refuges, Help-lines, Police Domestic Violence Units, Social Services, Victim Support, Housing Advice Centres, Hospitals & Clinics etc.

The process:

A form must be completed with pet’s details, including: vaccination/neutering status, pet’s size, breed, behavioural problems, socialisation with other animals & children. Equipment owner is providing. Contact details for refuge/hostel and key worker as appropriate.

Food/Vet expenses:

Owners are asked to contribute towards the costs of food & any veterinary treatment their pet may need.


At present Paws for Kids is unable to provide kennelling therefore can only accept referrals for dogs/cats that are suitable for placing with pet foster carers when such a pet foster carer is available.

Length of placement:

Pets are fostered for the length of time women are in refuge/hostel, the average being 5-6 months. When women move in to a new property, pets can be fostered for an additional 2-3 weeks to allow for repairs/decorating etc.


If a pet is unclaimed or woman leaves the refuge and does not notify the charity, the pet will be re-homed via local sanctuaries.