Our Purpose

Our purpose at Refuge4Pets is to enable freedom from domestic abuse for people and animals. Refuge4Pets was founded in August 2017. We are a registered charity in England and Wales and our Registered Charity Number is 1174331. We are a small, local charity with a very dedicated team of staff, volunteers and trustees.

Our Vision

We offer victims-survivors of domestic abuse an animal fostering service to remove a significant barrier which prevents many victims-survivors from leaving. We empower victims-survivors to access the vital safety and support they need before being reunited with their much-loved animals. We believe that animals are an important part of victims-survivors’ coping strategies and that the reciprocal bond between victim-survivors and animals aids recovery from trauma. We contribute to research, policy development and education around the link between domestic abuse and animal abuse to increase the safety and wellbeing of all victim-survivors – people and animals.

Main Priorities

Refuge4Pets main priorities for 2023/24 are:

  • Priority 1 To reach victims-survivors who need our support to escape domestic abuse.
  • Priority 2 To contribute to research, policy development and education around the link between domestic abuse and animal abuse in increase the safety and wellbeing of all victim-survivors.
  • Priority 3 To develop and support volunteers to increase their health and well-being and reach their personal goals.
  • Priority 4 To ensure our financial sustainability so that we can continue to deliver and develop our service.

Our Values

Refuge4Pets determination in achieving our main priorities are derived from our values:

  • Empathy We understand what people and animals have been through and how they feel.
  • Equality We believe that everyone is equal and has the right to live free of violence and abuse.
  • Empowerment We empower victims/survivors to regain control of their lives and access vital safety and support.
  • Effectiveness We work efficiently and effectively to achieve our vision.
  • Integrity We are honest and have strong moral principles.