Fostering

We are looking for people with experience of owning pets to give temporary homes, usually for 8 weeks at one time. Perhaps you are retired, love animals but do not want the commitment of a pet to impede holidays and excursions. Or you may work in blocks of time away and can help in the months that you are back at home.

Fostering is not a trial to adopt, or an overflow from the kennels and catteries, but it is the need for a home environment for the animal’s best welfare at this time. As a fosterer, you will be an amazing part of these animals’ journey to a new home.

These animals will still be available for adoption during the fostering period, so you will need to be flexible to bring them in to meet adopters here at the Home, as well as for medical check-ups. We ask that you live close for fostering young animals, and that you can drive, so you can reach the veterinary hospital in cases of emergency. We will provide all equipment, food and the vet costs.

We have five fostering roles available...

1. Stressed Adult Dogs

These are dogs which are struggling in a kennel environment. They are often reactive to other dogs or struggle with separation anxiety. They probably cannot be taken out to busy dog walking areas or public places such as pubs.

You will be comfortable handling dogs with behavioural issues, your house will be quiet without many visitors.

2. Mum dogs with young puppies

Female dogs with new born puppies need supervision and care. The pups sleep long hours with short times awake all times of day and night. It involves a lot of cleaning up after the pups, who are not house-trained. Mums may also be struggling to keep house clean in the weeks after giving birth.

This role is often required at short notice.

3. Older puppies

These are ages 2-7 month puppies who are weaned from their mum. They need to be having guided experiences of everyday life. They will often not be house-trained and will have common puppy behaviours such as nipping, mouthing and chewing.

This role is often required at short notice, and it may only be for a week or two.

4. Mum cats with kittens

We ask you to have a spare room here to keep the mum and kittens in (all cats stay indoors). It involves cleaning litter trays for mum and giving supervision, care and socialisation for them all.

This role is often required at short notice, although the season tends to be between April and October.

5. Nervous adult cats

These are cats who struggle with the cattery environment. They are frightened of people and loud noises, and they may be unpredictable in behaviour. Your house needs to be secure to prevent escapes (all cats stay indoors), preferably with a spare room or area to call their own.

You will be experienced with nervous cats, and have patience to let them come around at their own pace. Your house will be quiet without many visitors.

 

What’s next

If you fulfil the needs of one (or more!) of our 5 foster roles, then please get in touch with Sue in the first instance – email to book in a chat

If you are accepted onto our foster books then you will have further training from our Animal Care team, a home visit and continued support.