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Paws for Kids Charity Profile
Paws for Kids, the North West Charity was designed to support women, children and their pets escape from a life of violence and abuse to a better and caring future.Paws for Kids is a ground-breaking charity who aim to relieve the pressures on families escaping domestic violence by providing a child-centred service to help reduce the long-term effects of witnessing or experiencing domestic violence and temporary fostering of pets belonging to these families.
It is widely acknowledged that children from families where domestic violence is prevalent may be deeply affected by witnessing violence to their mothers, siblings or pets, whether or not they are themselves victims of an assault.
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 and her children.
Paws for Kids Volunteer Information
Paws for Kids covers the whole of the North West of England - Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and parts of North Derbyshire and Cheshire. In total, the pet fostering service is available to women in 44 different refuges, hostels & safe houses.
We recruit and train a team of women volunteers to help us actually run the service. They attend a training course to ensure they have a thorough understanding of the issues and difficulties faced by families experiencing domestic violence, and are fully aware of the need for confidentiality.
These volunteers then receive ongoing training in animal handling, and our procedures regarding Pet Foster Carers and managing animal placements.
Paws for Kids Donation Information
Paws for Kids relies heavily on voluntary donations from the public. The money is used not only to finance the Safe Haven project, including the pet fostering service, but also to fund vital ongoing education and advice to the public, professionals and other charitable organisations. Paws for Kids works to keep people up to date with current issues surrounding domestic violence, and how this affects all the members of a family – through publicity leaflets, lectures and interviews.