Dog Fostering FAQ

What's a foster carer?

Being a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you get to help save a dog, but you also get to help find a perfect home for him, all the while learning more and more about dogs as you go. You can be a home owner, a renter, a big family, or a single person. You can be highly experienced or have very little experience. Got your own dog(s)? Awesome! Almost all foster dogs will love the company and your dog(s) will get the benefit of extra socialisation.

Does it cost money?

We cover all vetwork, professional training if needed, and any supplies you may need. Anything that you may have already that you don’t mind giving to a foster dog (like food, flea/worm treatment, toys, bedding, etc) is appreciated but we can supply all this if needed. Our main goal is to enable people to foster because they are incredibly important to the way we save dogs.

Will I be supported?

Absolutely! Foster carers are like gold to us. Wait, platinum? Diamonds? Regardless, carers are the only way we save more dogs. There will always be someone you can call or message to answer any questions you may have or give advice if you need it. If your foster dog requires extra training, we’ll get that organised with one of our preferred professional trainer affiliates. Whatever you need, let us know! We’ll do everything we can to help you get the most out of this experience.

Will I get some training?

We try to organise ‘workshops’ every now and then especially for foster carers who feel they want to learn more about the training/handling side of the dog world. We encourage all carers to keep learning about every form of training so they can best apply the most effective model to their foster dog.

How long will the dog be with me?
There’s no guarantee, unfortunately, as each individual dog is different – there’s just no way of guessing. We do require commitment from every foster carer but if you need to go away for a holiday or your circumstances change, we’ll accommodate that. If you feel the foster placement isn’t working out, we’ll move the dog to an available carer as soon as possible. This can’t always be immediate but we’ll do our very best!
Do I need to do anything else?
You can do as much or as little as you like beyond taking a dog into your home. We take care of all the paperwork, the promoting/marketing, screening applicants, etc. So, really, you can put all your volunteering efforts into that one dog at a time. However, if you want to come along to our events and stalls, we would love the additional support! If you can also help out with transport, that’s another amazing contribution. Ultimately, being a foster carer is an amazing thing in itself.
You've convinced me, where do I apply?

You. Are. Awesome!

Head on over to our Foster Carer Application and fill that bad boy out. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can and go into more detail about the process and answer all your questions.