Cats Protection’s Paws Protect project, which provides an essential service for victims of domestic abuse, has received a grant of over £15,000 from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safe Space Sussex Funding Network.
The volunteer led project, which expanded into Sussex last year, offers a free cat fostering service for people escaping abusive relationships.
Paws Protect ensures cats are well cared for until their owners are able to resettle into a new home.
Cats Protection’s Paws Protect Project Manager Beverley Russell said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Safe Space Funding Network, which will fund our Paws Protect work in Sussex for the next 18 months.
“Paws Protect provides a vital service for people who are fleeing incredibly difficult and distressing situations.
“For many victims, leaving abusive relationships is made impossible as they cannot bear to lose their pets or put them at risk.
“We work closely with refuges and women’s charities so that victims know we are here and able to help.
“Our volunteers look after cats in their own homes for as long as is needed – normally a few months – giving their owners the peace of mind that they’re being well cared for and the knowledge that they’ll be reunited.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: