Did you feel blue in January? New survey reveals the solution … and it has four legs
A new survey* revealed today, by the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, found that almost 60% of Brits regularly feel lonely. With January, the most depressing month of the year, coming to an end Dogs Trust is encouraging the public to consider fostering a dog on a temporary basis after the survey revealed three quarters of those polled believe having a dog around makes them feel less lonely. Furthermore, 95% of dog owning Brits admit interaction with their dog makes them happier. Following a turbulent 2016 for many, the charity believe they have the answer to a much happier and healthier 2017 as they launch their Home from Home scheme which offers the public a chance to volunteer to foster a dog in need on a temporary basis.
- 80% polled believe the main benefit of dog ownership is the valuable companionship provided by their four- legged friend
- 89% of dog owners said they talk to their dog when no one else is around
- Nearly 40% of non-dog owners said they would consider fostering a dog as a way in which to combat the blues and boost their happiness
With four in ten admitting they do not have time for a dog permanently and three in ten saying they could not afford a dog, the charity’s Home from Home fostering initiative could be the perfect solution for many down-in-the-dumps and dog-less dog lovers. The nationwide Home from Home scheme looks to find loving temporary foster homes for the thousands of dogs in their care and not only does it help get homeless dogs ready for the loving homes they deserve but it’s very rewarding for the fosters carers too with nine out of ten people surveyed admitting caring for a dog has a positive impact upon their wellbeing.
Sarah Fortey, Dogs Trust Fostering Coordinator, explains:
“Spending time with a dog won’t cure all your worries, but it could make you happier so we hope people will consider fostering a dog for a more positive year. We have thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes across our 20 rehoming centres in the UK looking for temporary carers; varying from older dogs who need some extra TLC, litters of puppies, dogs recovering from illness and those who simply cope better in a home environment. Dogs Trust cover all fees. The average stay for a dog in a foster home is three to four weeks, although some dogs can be fostered up to eight months."
Dogs Trust foster carer, Maureen Bircham, from Basildon comments:
“Fostering has been an amazingly rewarding experience for me since I joined the scheme. I had retired from work but was lost when my partner passed away soon after. I was looking to do something with my time and wanted to have a dog for company, but the prospect of a long term financial commitment was a worry. Since I started fostering I have had the pleasure of caring for a wide variety of characters and all became part of our family during their stay. Some dogs arrive a little nervous and unsure so it’s heart- warming to see how with plenty of TLC, they start to relax and their characters emerge. There are few things more rewarding than seeing the dogs you have nurtured go on to find loving homes for life”.
To find out more about the scheme, and to find out who you need to speak to at your local Dogs Trust rehoming centre about fostering a dog from Dogs Trust, click here.