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To raise money for Paws for Kids we are holding a Music Event at the Dog and Partridge Pub, Manor Street, Bolton, on SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER, where there will be Live Acoustic Acts and Bands, including Mr Russ Dunn, Miss Alicia Harrison and JERAMIAH FERRARI!!! Also there will be games and a raffle with prizes donated from business in and around the Bolton area.
Many women and children that suffer domestic violence have pet animals in the home. These are often used by abusers as a tool to control, threaten, intimidate and frighten: by harming or threatening to harm the pets; or even killing them, which can traumatize children and mothers alike. For many women and children who leave violent relationships, the options open to them regarding their pets are very limited. Very few local authorities provide any facilities for kenneling pets and most refuges are unable to allow pets to stay. Unless family or friends can help out most pets will either be left behind (to roam or possibly suffer at the hands of the abuser) or be put down. This inevitably causes further distress and trauma for the family - particularly the children. There will also be an unknown number of women and children who stay in violent situations because they cannot bear to lose their pets in the above manner.
Paws for Kids reduces this distress and pressure on these families and the suffering of the animals by providing a high-quality pet fostering service for the animals until their owners are rehoused. This is done through a network of volunteers and pet foster carers who are recruited and trained from around the region. They are given support and advice on the care of the animals and all of the fostered animals are visited and monitored on a regular basis to ensure they are being cared for to a high standard.