DOG FOSTER CARE -
From time to time our
homeless friends need a little extra support for various reasons. For instance, occasionally an owner has to
have a hospital admission. They are always extremely anxious about what will
happen to their dog whilst they are receiving extra support, and they are
understandably very reluctant to leave their dog.
We can offer peace of
mind to the owners by arranging a Foster Home for their dog until they are in a
position to have their dog back with them.
Becoming a Dog Foster
Carer means you are providing invaluable support in caring for a dog who really
needs reassurance and understanding whilst they are apart from their owner.
As a Dog Foster Carer,
we would like you to feed and walk the dog – we provide the food for the
duration of the dog’s stay, and we ask that all walks will be on a lead. Any
veterinary care needed will be undertaken by our own Vet.
Apart from providing
food, we also provide bedding, a collar, lead, dog coat if necessary, dog toys,
bowls, treats and anything else that is needed, for their stay.
When we are looking for
a Dog Foster carer, we look for someone who shows compassion, empathy and the
appreciation that every dog is an individual.
We would like a Dog Foster Carer to have some experience of dogs, either
by having been an dog owner, or working with dogs.
We prefer a house that
has no other animals, but if you have a dog with no behavioural or medical
issues, please still get in touch as the dog who we are looking to foster might
be used to other dogs. We home-check all
new prospective Dog Foster Carers, a very informal visit which usually lasts
about 20 minutes. Some of the things we
look for are things like access to a secure outside area, whether it is a
private garden or communal area, how many people live in the house, whether
there is somewhere for the dog to have a quiet place where he can take himself
off to if he needs to. We can also
answer a lot of your questions at this visit.
Ideally we look for
homes with no young children, although we will consider children over the age
The length of time of a
foster depends very much on each individual case, but it can range from a
couple of nights to six weeks. Very
often it can be an emergency situation when we need help and we get very little
warning that we need a foster home, but we try to give as much notice as
To become a Dog Foster
Carer with Care For The Paw, please complete the application form and we will contact you to arrange a home visit.