Our ‘Home from Home’ foster programme seeks temporary homes for our most vulnerable dogs.
Sometimes we encounter dogs, who might not be suitable to live in a kennel environment, and would benefit greatly from the foster programme. These may include older dogs, injured or unwell dogs, puppies or dogs who may be finding kennel life a little overwhelming.
Fostering a dog not only gives invaluable experience in caring for a dog but it plays a fundamental role in helping the most vulnerable dogs get back on their paws and have a better chance of finding their forever home, which is an incredibly rewarding experience for any dog lover.
Fosterers not only help by taking a vulnerable dog into their home and caring for them, but this also frees up space in our Rehoming Centre so that we can save the life of another dog!
Foster Carers receive full support and advice regarding the dog in their care and will be equipped with everything they need such as food, bedding and toys. All veterinary treatment is covered to ensure that the only cost to a foster carer is their time.
Dogs Trust places a huge importance on matching the right dog to the right home environment to ensure the best experience for both the foster carer and the foster dog.
Aideen, a Dogs Trust foster carer has shared her journey with Matteo in the below video since signing up to the programme. It takes an incredibly special and selfless person to foster; someone who puts the dog’s needs ahead of their own and is truly committed and compassionate about caring for a dog in need - please take a look:
Q. How do I become a Foster Carer?
A. It’s a very simple process, you just need to complete an application form (see below), obtain permission from your landlord (if applicable) and upon receipt of your form, you will be invited to attend a short presentation in our Rehoming Centre in Finglas and arrange a home visit.
Q. What does Fostering entail?
A. Besides looking after one of our dogs/puppies in your home until they find their Forever Home, you may need to bring your dog/puppy to our Rehoming Centre for veterinary visits and liaise with our Volunteer & Foster Home Co-ordinator to arrange to meet potential adopters! We would also love lots of photos and videos of the dog in your care and updates as to how they are getting on in the home and out and about in everyday situations. This can play a huge part in helping us learn more about the dog and ensuring we get them the perfect home!
Q. How long do you keep your foster dog for?
A. Placements can vary from as short as a few nights up to a few months, depending on the dog’s requirement. Dogs may stay with you until they find their forever home, or be rehomed from our Rehoming Centre but this will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Q. How long does the process take?
A. It is difficult to determine how long the process will take as it is dependent on the number of applications received. However, we will do our utmost to complete the process in a timely manner and respond to you accordingly. Once your application and all the necessary documentation has been received and verified you will be invited to attend an adoption talk at the rehoming centre, a home visit will be arranged and you are then ready to foster.
Q. Who is my main point of contact? Who do I talk to if I have a query?
A. The main point of contact is your Volunteer & Foster Home Co-ordinator, Samantha Fogarty. If Sam is unavailable, Volunteer & Foster Home Administrator Melissa will be able to assist you.
Q. Are there any special requirements?
A. All we ask is that you live close enough to be able to visit our Rehoming Centre for veterinary check-ups and to meet potential adopters when required and that you have lots of love and time to give to a foster dog!
Q. How old you do you have to be to Foster?
A. Foster Carers need to be at least 18 years of age.
Q. Do I need a car?
A. Foster Carer’s would need to have their own transport so that the dogs/puppies can attend regular check-ups and meet potential adopters.
Q. Can I foster if I have a dog and/or a cat?
A. Yes, If you already have a dog, we will ask to see their vaccination card or ask you to provide us with details of your vet so that we can contact them if required to confirm vaccines. If you are fostering an adult dog we will arrange for the dogs to meet here at the rehoming centre to see how they get on. If you have a cat, we will bring the dog to your home to see how they get on.
Fostering a dog not only gives invaluable experience in caring for a dog but it plays a fundamental role in helping them get back on their paws and have a better chance of finding their forever home, which is an incredibly rewarding experience for any dog lover. It takes an incredibly special and selfless person to foster; someone who puts the dog’s needs ahead of their own and is truly committed and compassionate about caring for a dog in need.
Home from Home Role Description DOCX 266 KB
Home from Home Landlord Permission DOC 156 KB
Home from Home Application Form 03.19.PDF 196 KB