27 May 2010

Dogs Trust Evesham has launched an appeal for experienced and caring dog owners within the local area to help with its unique ‘Home From Home’ foster care scheme.

The scheme helps dogs that are available for rehoming but who struggle to adapt to the kennel environment of a rehoming centre.

Chris Slight, Dogs Trust Evesham Centre Manager, explains:

“Whilst most of our dogs are rehomed very easily we do sometimes encounter dogs who struggle to settle in the kennels and just don’t show their best side to visitors. Sometimes it’s due to negative past experiences, while sometimes they’ve lived happily in a home their whole lives and sadly the new kennel environment is too much of a change for them.

The ‘Home From Home’ foster care scheme provides the dogs with a relaxing home environment to help them prepare for living in a family home on a permanent basis. We currently have some excellent carers on the scheme, but urgently need more on our books.”

All the foster dogs’ food and veterinary expenses are paid for by the charity, while foster carers will receive £60 a month for their help.

Sarah Conniford from Oxfordshire has been a Dogs Trust ‘Home From Home’ foster carer for three years. She has cared for several of the Evesham Rehoming Centre’s dogs and is currently looking after a four year old Crossbreed called Teddy:

“Teddy is such an adorable chap, just like his name would suggest! He’s friendly with other dogs out on walks but was finding it difficult living surrounded by them in kennels so staff put him on the ‘Home from Home’ scheme and he came to stay with me.

Being in a home environment has had a remarkable effect on him. He’s much more relaxed, is always very eager and happy to see you when you return home and he loves to play with anyone who volunteers!

We love looking after Teddy but to see him go to a new forever home would be absolutely fantastic.”

Foster carers are provided with full training to deal with dogs of all ages and temperaments and a Dogs Trust training and behaviour advisor is available to offer advice and support throughout the duration of the dog’s stay.

If you are an experienced dog owner, are at home for most of the day and are interested in becoming a foster carer on the ‘Home From Home’ scheme please contact Dogs Trust Evesham on 01386 830 613 or visit 89 Pitcher’s Hill, Wickhamford, Evesham, Worcs WR11 7RT.


Notes to editors

Dogs Trust Evesham cares for around 150 dogs at any one time and has its very own Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/dt_evesham

Case study Teddy is currently available for rehoming.

For more information, interviews or photography please contact:

Krystyna McGrath Press Officer
Krystyna.mcgrath@dogstrust.org.uk 0207 833 7616

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