Could you provide a 'home from home' for Canterbury's rescue dogs?
Dogs Trust Canterbury’s rehoming centre is appealing to families to open their homes to help care for some of the dogs at the centre who need a little extra TLC in a home environment.
Dogs Trust’s ‘Home from Home’ scheme aims to place dogs who might be finding kennel life hard, whether they’re young puppies, older dogs or simply in need of additional care and support, into temporary foster care until they find their ‘yappy’ ever after with new owners.
Terri Edwards first joined the Home from Home fostering scheme in October 2016 and amongst others, helped Piglet the one year old English Bull Terrier to find his forever home.
“Piglet came to Dogs Trust in December last year and we fostered him soon after. As a young puppy, he needed some additional TLC and coped better with one on one attention in a home environment. He very clearly had a hearing impairment, although we’re not certain that he’s completely deaf. Along with the centre’s Training and Behaviour team we worked hard on sign language with him at home. We were delighted to be a part of the process that meant he was confident and comfortable enough to progress, and be rehomed to new owners.”
She added: “We were attracted to the scheme for a number of reasons. As a family we wanted to make a practical contribution to an animal charity like Dogs Trust. It is so rewarding for us to see the dogs we have helped care for go on to find loving homes for life.”
Dogs that may find kennel life more challenging also include those who have only ever lived in home environments, older dogs or dogs with injuries or medical conditions.
Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre’s Home from Home Coordinator Sophie Maxwell says:
“When incredible families like Terri’s open their home to our dogs they play a significant role in a rescue dog’s life. Piglet’s story demonstrates the instrumental role they play to the charity perfectly. All of our foster carers receive full support and advice regarding the dog in their care and we equip them with everything they need, such as food and bedding and we cover any veterinary treatment that may be needed during their stay.”
The dogs that arrive at Dogs Trust come in all shapes, sizes and with different personalities, so whatever a foster home’s experience level, the charity will aim to place the most appropriate dog into the home.
Home from Home foster homes will ideally have no other pets and no young children. If you’d like to find out more about providing a foster home for Dogs Trust residents please click here, and take a look at this video below to hear more from their current foster carers.
For all Dogs Trust Canterbury foster enquiries please email [email protected] or call 01227 795 256 to speak to Sophie.