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Foster carers open up their hearts and homes this Christmas for dogs in need

While most of us will be spending Christmas Day opening presents and enjoying time with loved ones, dog-loving volunteers across Bridgend are opening up their hearts to homeless hounds at Dogs Trust Bridgend to give them Christmas in a temporary home whilst they wait to be adopted. 

Dogs Trust’s Home From Home scheme launched in 2015 and finds foster homes for dogs that need a little extra TLC and time out from the hustle and bustle of the rehoming centre, such as young puppies, older dogs and those who have lived in a home all their life. 

Foster carer, Amanda Tidmarsh, lives in Brynna and has fostered nine dogs since she came on board in the summer, including Becky the Labrador and currently, Bella the Yorkie who came into the care of Dogs Trust Bridgend through no fault of her own. 

Amanda said:

“Being a foster carer is so rewarding; seeing the change in the dog as they settle into a home environment and their little personalities shine through is amazing. We love lavishing our attention on them and taking them into our home whilst they wait to be adopted. This Christmas were looking forward to celebrating the festivities with Bella and spoiling her with lots of toys and tasty treats!” 

Zebb is another foster dog looking for a home. He is a one-year-old Collie with a huge heart who can live with children aged six and older and gets on well with other dogs so could share his home with a doggie friend. He does have elbow dysplasia which restricts his exercise so his new family will need to think of creative ways to keep him mentally stimulated.

Mandy Grant, Co-ordinator of the Home from Home fostering scheme at Dogs Trust Bridgend, said:

“Our foster scheme means some of the dogs who have found themselves in our care can continue to enjoy the home comforts which come as part of a loving family. Our team of volunteer foster carers are amazing and allow us to look after even more dogs, every dog in foster care frees up a kennel for another dog in need.” 

Mandy says there are 20 active foster families who help to take in dogs in need, but she is always looking for more foster carers to call upon. 

Mandy continues:

“We believe a dog is for life and our fantastic foster carers really do show our dogs the love behind this statement; encouraging them to reach their full potential and giving them a safe and loving environment to enjoy whilst they wait for their new families. 

“For anyone who is a dog lover but dog-less and who wants a four-legged friend in their life but can’t commit to having a dog long-term, fostering could be the ideal solution. 

“Dogs Trust covers all fees and it is a fantastic way to help us do as much as we possibly can for dogs in the region that have found themselves without a home to call their own.” 

If you would like to foster a dog from Dogs Trust Bridgend please contact Mandy Grant on 01656 728921 or e-mail her at [email protected]. To find out more go to