Fostering a dog

Fostering is an important role. It helps play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and allows them to build on their confidence. Living with a foster family provides them with one-to-one care away from the animal centre, whilst preparing for their new homes.

The role of a fosterer

  • provide a safe and loving home for your foster dog (or dogs) for a few days, up to a few months
  • taking care of their day-to-day needs (feeding them, daily walks (on lead only), making sure they have fresh water and grooming them)
  • giving them any medication they need and attending any vet appointments, which could be weekly
  • attending monthly health checks at the centre 
  • providing us with lots of pictures and information about your foster dog so we can match them with the perfect forever home
  • depending on the dogs needs, regular contact/visits with our behaviourists

What do I need to be a fosterer?

  • be able to give enough time – this can vary depending on the dog 
  • either own your home or have written permission to have dogs in the property 
  • be 21 years or older
  • ideally have experience of caring for dogs, however this is not essential for all dogs
  • enclosed garden with 6ft fencing 
  • You will need access to a vehicle to transport the dog to the vet and other appointments if needed.

If you have other dogs, they will need to attend meetings with the foster dog at the centre. If you have other animals this will be assessed on a case by case basis. All animals will need to be vaccinated.

Reasons for fostering

  • Some dogs don’t cope well in an animal centre environment 
  • need to remain in our care for a long period of time whilst legal proceedings take place
  • medical reasons
  • pregnant mum’s and puppies or abandoned puppies

If you are interested in becoming a fosterer, please complete the application form below. This will be held on a database until a foster home is required. Please be aware we don’t always have dogs needing a foster home.

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