Foster carers dig deep to give dogs everything they need

Dogs Trust Kenilworth is saying a big thank you to its volunteer doggy foster carers who have continued to go the extra mile for their four-legged friends in recent months.

This week (1-7 June) is Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Currently Dogs Trust Kenilworth volunteers aren’t able to help out at the rehoming centre, but volunteer foster carers have been keeping busy doing their bit to help dogs most in need in these uncertain times.

Sabrina Holder, Home from Home Co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, says:

"Dogs that go into the loving homes of our foster carers are usually only there for a short time, revelling in their home comforts until they can find their forever homes.

"But because of the current situation, they have been there for a while longer than anticipated and we want to say a huge thank you to our dedicated foster carers who have continued to give them all the love and care they need." 

The Home from Home fostering scheme was established at Dogs Trust Kenilworth in 2015 and since then 571 dogs have been fostered, spending a total of 16,847 days in loving foster homes. There are 40 foster carers signed up to help provide temporary homes to dogs that come into the care of the rehoming centre but would benefit from continuing to enjoy home comforts until they find their forever family.

There are currently 26 dogs in foster homes including Yorkshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers as well as Cocker Spaniels eleven-year-old Bailey and daughter Tia, who is five. Bailey and Tia have been in foster since early April with Allan and Linda Pearson from Kenilworth, but are due to head off to their forever home very soon.

Linda says:

"We have absolutely loved having them. We started fostering in February after our dog Brenna sadly passed away, who we adopted from Dogs Trust Kenilworth when she was a very young girl, and we had her for ten years.

"We really missed having a dog in our lives and are thoroughly enjoying fostering. Our first foster dog was a 12-year-old Jack Russell and then we had a Bearded Collie, and now we have had Bailey and Tia for almost two months.

"We are so pleased they have found their forever home but we will miss them!"

Volunteers are a vital part of the team at Dogs Trust Kenilworth but they aren’t currently able to help out on site with the usual tasks of everything from dog walking to cleaning kennels and laundry.

Sabrina says:

"We can’t wait until we have our volunteers by our side at the rehoming centre once again and we know they are raring to go. We also know that some are keeping busy making toys and destruction boxes for the dogs which is wonderful. We want to say thank you to all of them for their continued support, and to our foster carers who are doing such a fantastic job."

Dogs Trust Kenilworth has been overwhelmed recently with members of the dog-loving public offering to become foster carers. As a result, the centre has temporarily paused applications.

Dogs Trust Kenilworth is still closed to walk-in members of the public. However, recent changes in the government guidance means that from 1 June the team can now book appointments for those dogs who can’t be rehomed using the new ‘handover at home’ process. Potential new owners will be able to meet the dog they are interested in rehoming at the centre in an outside play area, or in a spacious area that is separate from the main rehoming centre such as a training barn, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.