Could you provide a 'home from home' for Canterbury's rescue dogs?
Dogs Trust Canterbury’s rehoming centre is appealing to families who can open their homes up to dogs in their care, that need a little extra TLC in a home environment.
Often dogs can struggle with kennel environments if they have previously spent their whole lives within family homes prior to being given up. Dogs Trust’s ‘Home from Home’ scheme aims to place these dogs into temporary foster care until they find their ‘yappy’ ever after with new owners.
Lesley and Lee Wardle first joined the Home from Home fostering scheme in June 2016 and have not looked back since.
Lesley said: “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, also we wanted continue to share our home and life with dogs again having recently lost our own Cocker Spaniel.
“As well as the joy of having a dog in the home again, foster dogs gave our daughter more hands-on animal experience to help in her university application to The Royal Veterinary College, in which she was successful. It is also 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 puppies, older dogs or dogs with injuries or medical conditions.
Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre’s Home from Home Coordinator Ruth Winder says: “When incredible families like the Wardles open their home to our dogs they play a huge role in a rescue dog’s life. 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.”
“We currently have Glo who came to us in November last year and he settled into our home perfectly, almost miraculously in fact - and is an absolute joy to have.
“It’s a very special thing to be part of a dog’s rehabilitation - including the walks, providing them with company, engaging in play and fun with them. Ultimately the hardest part is the most rewarding - seeing them rehomed to a loving new owner, albeit with a tear or two.”
When asked what Lesley would say to those considering joining the scheme she said: “That’s easy – do it! This is a great scheme, you don't have the expense and the usual ties of having your own dog. What you get is all the joy of many different dogs and a wonderful sense of achievement when you watch them walking away, tail wagging, with their new owner.”
The dogs that come into Dogs Trust come in all shapes, sizes and with different personalities, so whatever a home’s experience level, we 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 our residents please visit our fostering page, and take a look at this video to hear from more from our current foster carers.
For all Dogs Trust Canterbury foster enquiries please email [email protected] or call 01227 795256 to speak to Ruth.