Could you foster a homeless hound?
Dogs Trust Newbury is appealing to local dog lovers to help homeless hounds in need of a little extra TLC by volunteering to foster a dog as part of the charity’s Home from Home scheme.
The nationwide scheme, which places dogs in foster homes in their local area, gives dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes who might not be coping well in kennels the chance to thrive in a home environment and prepare for family life again.
Two dogs currently benefitting from the programme are fourteen-year-old Beagle Bailey and twelve-year-old Terrier Rocky who arrived at Dogs Trust Newbury earlier this year. As slightly older dogs, it was clear from the moment they arrived at the rehoming centre that they were missing their home comforts and staff decided to place them in a foster home where they could benefit from additional care. Thankfully foster carers Linda Brooks and Chris Hills were able to take the devoted duo home where they have been lovingly cared for ever since as they await their forever home.
Bailey and Rocky’s Foster Carer, Linda Brooks of Oxford comments,
“We are delighted that we signed up to the Dogs Trust Home From Home Scheme. We have found fostering extremely rewarding and love having the dogs around the house. It's wonderful to think that we are helping them enjoy some home comforts whilst they wait for their forever home. Bailey and Rocky have so much love to give and we have so much love to give them, so it’s been a truly rewarding experience.”
“I would highly recommend fostering to anyone who loves dogs, but perhaps isn’t able to commit to a four-legged friend long term. Dogs Trust has provided us with so much support and advice throughout the experience which has been so invaluable.”
Juliet Glanville, Home from Home Coordinator at Dogs Trust Newbury fostered dogs of her own before joining the team at the rehoming centre and explains just how important the scheme is in helping dogs in need prepare for life in a new home.
“Whilst most dogs are raring to go when it comes to finding a new home, some dogs need a little more special attention and that’s where fostering comes in. Our Foster Carers offer additional support for dogs who are might have health concerns, aren’t really enjoying kennel life or just need a little extra one-to-one care. They provide a loving, happy space which gives our dogs the chance to enjoy their home comforts and become better prepared for finding their forever homes when the time comes.
“Having fostered dogs myself, I am able to give my foster families the support they need throughout the process – from taking the dog home to when the time comes for their new friend to go to their forever family. Fostering is a wonderful way to be able to have a dog in your life, without having to make a lifelong commitment – plus you get to meet so many doggy personalities!”
If you would like to offer a foster home to any of the wonderful dogs cared for at Dogs Trust Newbury please call the Rehoming Centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.