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Dogs Trust Merseyside appeals for doggie foster carers

Dogs Trust Merseyside is appealing to local dog lovers to foster a dog so they can continue to enjoy their home comforts whilst they wait to find their forever family.

The charity’s Home from Home fostering scheme, which places rescue dogs with volunteer doggie foster carers, was set up in 2016 and has fourteen foster families on board. Since it began, 142 rescue dogs have had the benefit of continuing to enjoy home life whilst waiting for their special someone to come along, but now the team are looking for more foster carers to sign-up so that even more dogs can get that extra TLC. 

Home from Home Co-ordinator, Kim Rowlands, says: 

“Some dogs don’t settle into kennel life and whenever that is the case, we love to be able to place them in foster as quickly as possible, but of course that relies on us having enough foster homes, so we would love more foster parents. Also, the more dogs we are able to place in foster, the more quickly we can help other dogs in need. 

“Dogs that particularly benefit from being fostered are poorly or pregnant dogs, strays, older dogs who are used to a quieter life or puppies, who need to get used to the sounds and smells of life in a home. 

“We always have incredible support from people throughout the area and we’re hoping that if there are more dog lovers out there who want a dog in their life but can’t commit to having their own four-legged friend at the moment, they choose to come on board as doggie foster parents.” 

The Home from Home Co-ordinator role is one of the positions that players of People’s Postcode Lottery help fund. Since the partnership began in 2013, players have raised over £12 million for Dogs Trust, which has helped ensure dogs receive everything they need whilst they wait to meet their forever families. 

Georgina Lowery, Dogs Trust Merseyside Manager, says: 

“It is fantastic to be able to find foster homes for dogs so we are incredibly grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps fund several different rehoming centre staff, including the Home from Home Coordinator role. 

“At the moment we have seven dogs in foster homes, one of which is our gorgeous Border Collie, Spike, but if there are more local dog lovers who want to help out and would like to welcome a canine companion into their home, we would love them to get in touch so we can help even more dogs like Spike. Fostering is completely free for foster carers as all costs and essentials such as food and bedding are provided by us and we also provide 24 hour support. Foster carers are part of our team and without them we couldn’t care for as many dogs as we do.”

Hazel Johnstone, from the charities team at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“Tens of thousands of dogs have been given a brighter future thanks to the funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It’s been a real privilege to work with Dogs Trust over the past six years and I’m proud that our players have supported the brilliant team at Dogs Trust Merseyside to connect so many loveable dogs with their new families.” 

If you would like to find out more about fostering, please call Dogs Trust Merseyside on 0151 318 1339.