Could you foster a dog?
More people are needed who are willing to open up their homes to dogs looking for a fresh start in life. When you foster a dog you’ll be freeing up space in a rescue centre so that they can rescue more animals in desperate need.
Benefits to dogs …
Dog fostering is an important role. It helps to play a vital part in their rehabilitation and helps improve their chances of finding a new home that suits their needs and the need of the new owner.
Many dogs that are taken in by rescue have either suffered abuse or neglect or have not been given the care and affection that they deserved. Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-to-one care. Allowing them to build up their confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle.
Other dogs simply don’t cope well in an animal centre environment. This is where fosterers are needed to provide them with a real home and lots of love, even if it is only on a temporary basis.
What fostering means for you and your family …
Fostering dogs can be a pleasurable experience. It’s rewarding to know that you played a key part in the rehoming process when a foster animal is successfully rehomed. It also gives people who would normally be unable to take in an animal long term due to other commitments, with an alternative.
Please be aware though that for anyone considering fostering that it is not always easy. You will need tremendous patience in some cases especially in the early days of your foster period and will need to be really motivated to giving the dogs the care and attention they need until they are ready to be placed into their forever loving homes, Fosterers must be able to love the dog but then also let it go when the right home comes along which is not always as easy as it sounds. Some fosterers end up adopting as they fall in love with the dog and cannot bear to part with him or her. This is great news as far as the rescues are concerned as it is their aim to find loving homes after all but it means that another dog may not be helped so please consider this when fostering.
Fosterers need to be aware of the many tasks they will undertake. Dogs in care may have a wide variety of medical or behavioural needs. All fosterers must be able to take the animal to and from a designated vets as well as providing transport to and from the centres when needed.
Sometimes the dog may not be house trained or may have other bad habits from their past. Many rescue dogs have baggage and may have suffered trauma before arriving with us which is why it is essential fosterers have a lot of understanding and some previous dog ownership experience. Fosterers must be able to deal with any situation in an appropriate manner by providing positive training and guidance, not punishment, but all of the rescue centres will be on hand for help and advice so you are never alone. Please also consider the dog may have upset digestive systems due to stress or illness. However all of the above doesn't apply to all dogs and most get on great and are simply happy to be in a home again with people who are, but you must consider every possibility as no one can 100% predict how a dog will be in a home environment, as the majority of our dogs arrive into rescue from the stray pounds and therefore they very rarely have any background on them, so their temperament and behaviours are completely unknown. We need fosterers that are willing to deal with this in an appropriate and responsible manner. Of course known aggressive dogs will never be placed into foster care.
Fosterers must also understand all decisions in relation to the dogs care are ultimately the responsibility of the Rescue.
Fosterers must also be happy for their telephone numbers to be given to potential adopters and be prepared to explain about the dog, then allow to their home to meet the dog. They must also be prepared to bring the dog back to the centre for viewings if this is asked. Often fosterers are able to offer advice to new owner after they are adopted as they will have gotten to know the dog well during the time they have spent in their home.
All fosterers tell us of the extreme happiness they feel when the animal they have grown to love goes off to a happy new home. So please consider helping a dog in need today!!
If you think you have what it takes to be a fosterer we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by email or by telephone if you need any further information and we will happily direct you to to a rescue in need.