While most of us will be spending Christmas Day opening presents and enjoying time with loved ones, dog-loving volunteers across Evesham are opening up their hearts to homeless hounds at Dogs Trust Evesham 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. There are currently eight dogs living in foster homes over Christmas with 60 being rehomed from the scheme this year alone.
Foster carers, Lisa and Richard Castle, live in Mickleton have fostered 10 dogs since they came on board in April, including Nate the Greyhound and Spaniels Lexi and Sally. They are currently caring for Franco the Belgian Shepherd who came into the care of Dogs Trust Evesham after his owner became ill.
“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 Franco and spoiling him with lots of toys!”
Five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bebe is also spending Christmas in a foster home. She is a bundle of fun and just wants to say hello to everyone she can! She’s got oodles of character and knows how to charm her way into your heart. She loves cuddle time, quiet play with toys and is very polite with her treats. She has had knee surgery recently so will need managed physical exercise and new owners will need to help find ways to tire her out using her brain more. She’s housetrained and can live with children aged 11 plus. She can have walking doggy friends but will need to be the only dog in the home.
Sarah Galvin, Co-ordinator of the Home from Home fostering scheme at Dogs Trust Evesham, 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 as every dog in foster care frees up a kennel for another dog in need.”
Sarah 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.
“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 Evesham please contact Sarah Galvin on 01386 835840 or e-mail her at [email protected]. To find out more go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/fostering