Dog Trust Penrith transfer centre news

Dogs Trust Penrith are looking for willing foster carers to provide a short-term home for stray dogs until they can find their forever home. These dogs could be elderly, have medical issues or just need a bit of extra TLC. This could range from a Greyhound recovering from an injury to an elderly Yorkshire Terrier that has found it difficult adjusting to life in kennels, or anything in between.

The team at Penrith are launching the Home From Home fostering programme in Cumbria and are seeking individuals who can give a rescue dog a temporary home. Fostering placements can range from as a little as one week to three months, depending on how much time they can give; and some previous dog experience would be preferred. 

Amy Redpath, who is Penrith Assistant Manager and Home From Home Coordinator, said:

"We don’t rehome dogs directly from the transfer centre and it is not open to the public as this would be done at our rehoming centres, however we are excited to invite people in the Cumbria area to come on board and join the Home From Home programme. Fostering would suit people who can be home most of day and generally has no other pets in the home; although a compatible dog can help build confidence in our foster dogs.

“It would be great to hear from people who live anywhere up to 1 hour from Penrith, have access to a car and can give a dog a temporary home, with all the comforts that come with it. We equip foster carers with everything they need such as food or bedding, and any veterinary treatment is covered by the charity.

“Not only is fostering a great way of doing something rewarding with our time but it can also have great benefits to 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 from knowing we are having a positive impact on their life.”

Individuals hoping to become foster carers should contact the team. Even if you are not in a position to foster a dog temporarily, there are other ways to show support as the team are always on the lookout for donations of treats, toys and blankets for the dogs in their care. Should anyone be interested in donating, they should get in touch on 01768 870617 to arrange a visit.

The Home from Home fostering programme was developed to give dog lovers, who are not in a position to adopt on a permanent basis, the opportunity to experience the rewards of dog ownership on a temporary basis and help rescue dogs experience life in a home environment. All foster families receive full support and advice regarding the dog in their care.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please get in touch with Amy Redpath via email: [email protected] or on 01768 870617

JULY 2019

Dogs Trust’s transfer operations team in Dumfries, who have helped find more than 15,000 rescue dogs a place in kennels, since 2003, have moved operations to Penrith. Their new premises in Lazonby will provide even more space for dogs coming into the care of the charity through local authorities and the stray system; providing them with valuable respite before being given a space at one of Dogs Trust’s rehoming centres across the UK. 

Although the transfer centre is not open to the public, the team is launching the Home From Home fostering programme in Cumbria and are seeking individuals who can give a rescue dog a temporary home while they wait on a permanent owner to come forward. Fostering placements can range from as a little as one week to nine months depending on how much time a foster carer can give and some previous dog experience would be preferred. 

Amy Redpath, who has been appointed as the Penrith team’s assistant manager and Home From Home coordinator, said: 

“We don’t rehome dogs directly from the transfer centre as this would be done at our rehoming centres, however we are excited to invite people in the Cumbria area to come on board and join the Home From Home programme. Fostering would most likely suit someone who can be home most of day and generally has no other pets in the home; although a compatible dog can help build confidence in our foster dogs. 

“It would be great to hear from people who live anywhere up to 45 minutes from Penrith, have access to a car and can give a dog a temporary home, with all the comforts that come with it. We equip foster carers with everything they need such as food or bedding, and any veterinary treatment is covered by the charity. 

“Not only is fostering a great way of doing something rewarding with our time but it can also have great benefits to 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 from knowing we are having a positive impact on their life.” 

The transfer centre team are delighted with the move as the additional land will be used for dog enrichment, providing plenty of space for staff to train, play with and walk dogs. The site also provides even more development opportunity in the future to increase kennel capacity. 

Lisa Spence, who heads up the team at Penrith, has led in the transfer of more than 15,617 dogs over the last 15 years, that have gone on to find their forever homes. 

Lisa said: 

“Although we believe that more dog owners are getting the message that ‘A Dog is for Life®’, we still see an average of 25 dogs each week coming into our care. This shows how necessary the service is for dogs in the short-term, giving them a safe place to reside while we work with rehoming centre teams to find kennel space. 

“Having spent 23 years in the employment of Dogs Trust, I am very proud of everything the charity has accomplished. I started as a Canine Carer and worked my way up to managing the transfer centre; and we have expanded so much in that time. Although the development of our new facility is still ongoing, we are looking forward to being able to increase our capacity and being able to welcome even more dogs into our care. 

“The transfer team was put in place as part of a pilot project in 2003 and has grown into a fully functional team of eight passionate dog lovers, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of our canine friends.” 

Individuals hoping to become foster carers should contact the team to arrange a meeting. Even if you are not in a position to foster a dog temporarily, there are other ways to show support as the team are always on the lookout for donations of treats, toys and blankets for the dogs in their care. Should anyone be interested in donating, they should also contact the team on 01768 870617 to arrange a visit. 

The Home from Home fostering programme was developed to give dog lovers, who are not in a position to adopt on a permanent basis, the opportunity to experience the rewards of dog ownership on a temporary basis and help rescue dogs experience life in a home environment. All foster families receive full support and advice regarding the dog in their care.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please get in touch with Amy Redpath via email: [email protected]