Dogs Trust has announced that The Freedom Project, which offers a temporary home for dogs to enable their owners to flee domestic abuse, will officially launch in East Anglia.
The project, which will launch in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, means that the service is now available to those who need it across the whole of the East of England.
The Freedom Project has continued to operate throughout the pandemic to support people and their dogs.
Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline revealed it has logged 63% more incoming calls and contacts since lockdown began.
Sarah Rowe, Freedom Project co-ordinator for the area, said: “Alongside suffering physical abuse, we know that dogs are also often used by perpetrators as a means to coerce and control their partners.
“As many refugees are unable to accept pets, survivors are understandably concerned about their dog’s safety when they need to escape.”
She added: “We now have 60 fantastic new volunteer foster carers in place across East Anglia and are ready to take in dogs at a moment’s notice if needed. Thanks to them, we can continue our life saving work.”