Give a rescue dog a Home from Home

Become a foster carer for our transfer centre in Penrith

Right now, we urgently need foster carers to provide temporary homes for some of our rescue dogs who are better suited to recovering in a home environment.

Could you become a foster parent for one of our special pooches?

We’re looking for foster carers who live in Cumbria, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Milnthorpe, the Lake district, Westmorland, Kendal, Windermere, Keswick, Morecambe and Penrith. Potential foster carers should:

  • Have a secure garden
  • Are at home most of the day
  • Have no children under 10 in the home
  • Have no pets, or potentially one friendly dog

If you could help, please get in touch with Amy Redpath by email or telephone:

Apply to be a foster parent

01768 870617

German Shephard Dog in front of Dogs Trust van “Fostering is a great way of doing something rewarding and can also benefit our mental and physical wellbeing. Caring for a dog allows us to stay physically fit by going for walks, while also getting a sense of fulfilment, knowing we’re having a positive impact on a dog’s life." - Amy Redpath, Penrith Assistant Manager

“We see an average of 25 dogs each week coming into our care, and this shows how necessary the Home from Home service is for dogs in the short-term, giving them a safe place to stay while we work with rehoming centre teams to find kennel space.”

- Lisa Spence, Penrith Centre Manager

What kind of dogs need fostering?

Some of our dogs prefer the quieter environment of a home. When you register to foster, you could be taking the first steps to helping a rescue dog get back on their paws. Through fostering, you could open your home to lots of different kinds of dogs, from loving staffies, to sweet greyhounds, dogs recovering from injuries, or elderly pooches who have struggled to adapt to the busyness of kennel life.

What does it entail to foster a dog?

Depending on your time, you could foster a dog from anything between a week to up to three months. This is perfect for dog lovers who want to help but aren’t able to have a pet full-time currently.

Who can foster a dog?

Fostering a dog is a chance to make a huge difference to their life and help them on their way to a forever home.

If you spend most of the day at home and don’t have any other pets, you could be our perfect foster parent. You'll also need to live one hour away from one of our centres and have access to a car, so that you can pick up your foster pooch. Experience of previous dog ownership is useful too.

How will I be supported to foster a dog?

Fostering our dogs is essential to helping them on their way to recovery. To help you open your heart and home to our dogs, we will provide you with food and bedding, and cover medical costs for this period of care. Our staff are also available to answer any questions you have about your foster dog to help them settle in.

Get in touch with our friendly staff and find out more about fostering a dog.

Buy our Penrith dogs a treat

Support our pooches through our Amazon wish list.

If fostering a dog isn’t right for you or your family right now, you can still make doggy dreams come true through our Amazon wish lists. Here, you can gift our pooches with cosy blankets, tasty treats and fun toys to challenge their minds.

Thank you so much for your kindness, we couldn’t care for dogs without the generosity of people like you.