Could you foster a dog in need?
Dogs Trust Evesham is calling on local dog lovers to consider opening their homes and hearts by volunteering to foster a dog whilst they wait to be adopted.
The team are especially looking for quieter homes, as well as foster carers who’d be willing to take on dogs with medical needs who require regular medication to manage their condition.
Dogs Trust’s Home From Home fostering scheme was 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.
There are currently 10 dogs living in foster homes, with 25 being rehomed through the scheme this year already.
Dogs Trust Evesham’s Home from Home Co-ordinator, Sarah Galvin, said:
“Young puppies, nervous dogs and those who have spent the majority of their lives in a home often struggle to adjust to life in the rehoming centre. Living with a foster carer allows dogs to get that extra bit of TLC in a loving environment whilst they wait for their forever home.
“We have a wonderful team of volunteer foster families who really do go above and beyond for the dogs they care for, encouraging them to reach their full potential and giving them a safe and loving environment to enjoy whilst they wait for their new families. They allow us to look after even more dogs as every dog in foster care allowing us to take in another dog in need.”
Sarah says there are a number of active foster families who help to take in dogs in need, but she is always looking for more foster carers to call upon, and at the moment is in particular need of quieter homes with few visitors and those who are prepared to give a little extra TLC to dogs who need regular medication.
“On occasion, we have dogs in our care who have medical conditions, ranging from epilepsy to skin conditions, who need regular medication to help keep them comfortable, and we really need more volunteers who are willing to help us with these sorts of cases. For example, we’re currently on the hunt for a foster family who can take in Ghost, a six-year-old white German Shepherd who has medical conditions that need veterinary management and medication.
“Fostering is completely free and Dogs Trust provides essentials such as food and bedding and are on hand to provide 24-hour guidance and training advice. It is a fantastic way to help us do as much as we possibly can for dogs in the area that have found themselves without a home to call their own.”
If you would like to offer a foster home to some of the dogs at Dogs Trust Evesham please email Sarah Galvin at [email protected] or call 01386 572666.