Dogs Trust



Fostering 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.

What do I need to become a foster carer?

You need to be:

  • Over the age of 18 and have a car
  • Have a secure back garden
  • Have experience with dogs

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

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. 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 to foster.

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.

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:

Other ways you can help

Thanks again for your continued support. 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