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FEATURE: Escape with a Foster Holiday this summer

December 21, 2015

We need your help. With summer well and truly here the Home needs  new foster carers to help look after cats and dogs needing a foster holiday before they go on to find their new home.

Foster animals come to the Home with unknown histories and are often more vulnerable than others. Cats and dogs need a foster holiday for a variety of reasons, from taking time to recover from surgery through to taking time out from the shelter environment.

While foster caring can be emotional work, the satisfaction in knowing you have played a crucial role in a companion animal’s life, by letting them take a brief holiday with you, is invaluable.

What’s involved in a foster holiday?

After becoming a foster carer, you’ll be matched with an animal for your level of ability and availability. The Home will provide you with all the necessary supplies to take care of your holiday companion like food, bedding, medication and veterinary treatment.

In return you will get the enjoyment of caring for a pet without the lifelong commitment of adoption. If you have been looking for the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of caring for a pet, but are not in a position to adopt at the moment, then foster caring might be the option for you.

What do I need to become a foster carer?

Foster carers need to be over 18 years of age and have access to your own transportation. You will need to be available over a 12 month period to foster animals between 2-8 weeks at a time.

Homes need to have a secure fence and if you are renting, we do require you to get your landlord’s permission to have a dog or cat in your home before you can become a foster carer.

The most important thing you need is to have lots of care and compassion to give.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like to apply to become a foster carer or would like further information visit dogshome.com/support-our-work/pet-fostering or email our foster care coordinator at foster@dogshome.com