Dogs Trust Glasgow on the lookout for extra-ordinary foster carers

Dogs Trust Glasgow are looking for people with a particular set of skills who are willing to foster dogs with some special requirements.

The Rehoming Centre in Uddingston is currently home to a number of longer-term dogs who could use some time in a home environment with foster carers who will continue their training programme and make sure their needs from a new home are met.  

Dogs currently looking for foster homes on Dogs Trust’s Home from Home programme include Solomon, a three-year-old ex racing Greyhound. Solomon hasn’t spent much of his life in a family home and would need help adjusting to this environment.  

Nicole Crichton, Home from Home Coordinator at Dogs Trust Glasgow said: 

“We are so grateful to all our foster carers who are willing to welcome dogs into their home temporarily.  

“At the moment we have a real need for more foster carers who are willing to provide a tailored approach to how these dogs are looked after, which will help us ensure they are forever home ready. We currently have a few dogs in our care who would benefit from time in a home with experienced dog owners that will take a hands-off approach or continue to work on a training programme with their foster dog. 

“It would be great to hear from potential foster carers that live within reasonable distance of the Uddingston Rehoming Centre, have access to their own car, have a quiet home with no children and have a very good understanding of the behaviour of dogs, including their body language and what this means in different situations.” 

Canine carers work hard with dogs like Solomon who have unique life experiences, or perhaps have had incidences in their previous home, to understand the circumstances around these and develop approaches and training programmes to help them. While some dogs may have specific needs from a new home, should they be able to spend time in a suitable fostering environment, this is likely to make the transition into their forever home easier and increase their opportunity of successfully meeting potential new owners. 

Nicole continued: 

“While some of the dogs don’t like to be made a fuss over, they would still prefer to have someone around most of the day to keep them company as they like attention on their own terms. In essence, we would love to hear from potential foster carers who are willing to take a project dog under their wing and help them adapt to life in a home again.” 

One of the most common reasons why dogs end up in the care of Dogs Trust is due to behavioural issues in a previous home. While the charity has not yet received an influx of ‘lockdown pups’ coming into their care due to the pandemic, Dogs Trust is seeing more frequent cases of dogs needing support due to issues such as separation anxiety or because they have additional training needs; as well as older dogs who require additional support or ongoing veterinary care. 

For more information about the Home from Home fostering programme, please visit Fostering for Dogs Trust If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please get in touch with Nicole Crichton via email: [email protected]  

If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188. Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Solomon who haven’t yet found their forever home, by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale