Dogs Trust



Fostering a Dog

We have been completely overwhelmed by so many kind offers to foster our dogs. Thanks to this, we have been able to get many of our dogs into foster homes. However, we do still have a small number of dogs who are looking for quite particular foster homes, and for the time-being, we are only accepting applications from experienced dog owners who do not have any other pets or children in the home.

If you have already applied to become a foster carer, thank you so much for your offer and support, it really means the world to us and our Home from Home team will be in touch if there is a suitable dog for you.

Can you help us make sure that every pooch is cared for during this time of crisis?

The majority of dog owners with COVID-19 will hopefully still be able to care for their dogs.

Unfortunately, some may become too unwell to look after their four-legged friends anymore and choose to find them a new home.

We want to care for all those affected dogs but some dogs can find kennel life quite stressful and we don’t always have space for new arrivals.

That’s where you come in!

We’re looking for new foster carers to provide a temporary home.

We need people to open their homes and their hearts to dogs who may find themselves without a permanent home.

This is a vital role; looking after these pooches until they've found a new home, or we have space in our kennels again.

What do I need to become a foster carer?

You need to be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Able to visit us, if required.

We are particularly in need of people who:

  • Live in a household with no children
  • Have no other dogs, and no cats, in the home
  • Have a secure back garden

You’ll receive as much support and advice about the dog in your care as we can give.

We’ll provide food, bedding and any other practical things you need.

And we’ll also cover the costs of any veterinary treatment.

How do I become a foster carer?

Email [email protected] to let the centre know that you’re interested in becoming a foster carer.

Someone will be in touch shortly to have a chat.

As we are closed to the public, we will be running foster information talks online.

Benefits of foster caring

Being a foster carer gives you all the joy of adopting a rescue dog without any of the long-term commitment.

It’s perfect for dog-lovers who aren’t ready to adopt a dog yet.

Just as importantly, becoming a foster carer today means helping fellow dog lovers who have to give up their dog due to becoming unwell.

And you’ll be giving a loving dog a loving home when they most need it.

Other ways you can help

Thanks again for your continued support. In this unprecedented time of need, we need your support now more than ever to help us care for our dogs. We would be delighted if you would consider supporting our ongoing life-saving work by making a donation here or by sponsoring a dog

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 support and advice regarding the dog in their care.

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: