We often receive calls from woman's refuge asking if we can help with the short term accommodation of a family pet. When 1 in 4 people in their lifetime will suffer abuse their is a fair chance that women who may need to go into a refuge will have a pet that they do not want to leave behind. The women's refuge whilst doing a wonderful job in meeting the needs of the family do not have long term provision for animals. In our experience the refuge is very sensitive to the fact that the family pet is very important, especially to the children, Ensuring their dog, cat or even rabbit is being taken care of can we believe help them enormously. The service we provide gives the family a little piece of mind knowing their pet will be returned when they are in a position to take them back. The Alternative Programme will also help people who need to go into hospital and have no one else to turn too, it also extends to people who may find themselves homeless and just need a little time to sort the situation out. Their is always an Alternative.