A Helping Paw

A Helping Paw was launched in 2019 and is a scheme which enables Oak Tree to help pet owners who are experiencing homelessness and/or fleeing domestic abuse.

A Helping Paw

A Helping Paw allows a person to place their pet/s into a safe environment whilst they themselves find refuge in a hostel. Pet owners can then find appropriate accommodation without the worry of having to leave their pet behind. 

If you are a pet owner who is fleeing domestic abuse and/or is homeless and need our support, please click on the “Referral Agency box” below where you can find the relevant agency to refer you onto our scheme. Alternatively, you can speak with a member of our community team on 01228 560082 extension 230/228 or email community@oaktreeanimals.org.uk for further information.

This scheme would not be possible without the fantastic support and dedication of our trained foster carers. They appreciate that the pets coming into our care may have had to adjust to many situations in a short space of time. With ongoing support and training from Oak Tree, owners can rest assured knowing that their pets will be matched with the appropriate foster home where each pet will be met with love, understanding and patience.

Once a pet is in its foster placement, the owner will receive weekly updates via videos and/or photos so that they can see how their pet is doing.

A foster placement can last for up to 6 months.

Did you know, in domestic violence and/or homelessness situations, a pet is often the only constant thing in its owner’s life? Many pet owners will remain homeless or stay in an abusive relationship as they worry they may have to leave their pet behind. A Helping Paw allows us to remove that barrier and those in need can be confident that their pet is safe and they will be reunited once permanent accommodation has been found.

In addition to the “A Helping Paw” fostering scheme, our Community Department holds regular drop in clinics in Carlisle and its surrounding areas. These sessions provide pet owners who are looking for advice and/or support with the opportunity to speak with a member of our team in person.   All conversations are held in private and remain confidential and dogs are welcome to attend with their owners. 

To find out when our next clinic is, please contact 01228 560082 ext.230, alternatively you can email community@oaktreeanimals.org.uk 

‘A Helping Paw’ is a bridge to a better life, safety and security.