North West charity receives cash boost to fund work with families escaping domestic violence

Tuesday, 28 September, 2010
(London, 28 September, 2010) – A ground-breaking charity offering foster care for the pets of families fleeing domestic violence in the North West is to receive a grant from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to support its vital work.

Paws for Kids, based in Bolton, helps women, children and their animals escape abusive relationships by offering a safe haven for pets while families are rehomed. In families where there is domestic violence, pets are often threatened, injured or killed by a violent man as a means of keeping power and control over his partner or children.

While many families may fear what will happen to their animals if they leave home for a refuge, Paws for Kids steps in to offer temporary care for pets until families are settled in a safe place and able to take them back. The child-centred service also works to reduce the long-term effects on children of witnessing or experiencing domestic violence.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “IFAW is delighted to be able to present Paws for Kids with a £5,000 grant to support and increase its fantastic work supporting families and their pets in the North West. IFAW works to improve the welfare of animals around the world and is pleased to be able to keep supporting this organisation which offers a much-needed service here in the UK.”

Since its founding 12 years ago, Paws for Kids has built up a dedicated group of around 50 animal foster carers who have helped hundreds of families and their pets find a brighter future. However, as more people hear about Paws for Kids, demand for its services continues to grow.

Paws for Kids Project Manager Carole Marsden said: “IFAW’s donation will help us to help more families and pets. There are always more cases needing our help and we are constantly looking for more volunteers to look after pets and offer them a safe and loving temporary home until they can be reunited with their owners.”

Animal fostering placements last on average around three months but individual cases vary. While most pets needing care are dogs, cats and rabbits, suitable placements are also found for more unusual pets, including chinchillas, lizards and snakes.

To find out more about Paws for Kids and how to help visit

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