Dogs Trust

Dog lovers needed to foster dogs for Dogs Trust Newbury

Our team at Dogs Trust Newbury are calling on local dog lovers to consider opening their homes and hearts by volunteering to foster a dog whilst it waits to be adopted.

Dogs Trust’s Home From Home scheme was 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 nine dogs living in foster homes with eight being rehomed from the scheme this year already.

Dogs Trust Newbury’s Home from Home Co-ordinator, Amy Dean, said:

“Young puppies, nervous dogs and those who have spent the majority of their life in a home setting often struggle to adjust to life in the rehoming centre. Young dogs born at the rehoming centre often need around the clock care and some older dogs just find life at the rehoming centre confusing after a long time living in a home. Living with a foster carer allows dogs to get that extra bit of care in a loving environment whilst they wait for their forever home.

“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 with every dog in foster care freeing up a kennel for another dog in need.”

Amy continues: “Our foster carers do incredible work for Dogs Trust, often taking in dogs temporarily at the last minute to ensure they have a safe, loving and secure home. To be a foster carer you need a secure garden, to be around the majority of time and above all, love dogs!”

Amy says there are 10 active foster families who help to take in dogs in need, but she is always looking for more foster carers to call upon, especially those with older children and pet-free homes.

Amy adds: “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 and wants a four-legged friend in their life but can’t commit to having a dog long-term, fostering could be the ideal solution.

“Fostering is completely free and Dogs Trust provides essentials such as food and bedding and are on hand to provide 24 hour guidance and training advice. 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 offer a foster home to the homeless hounds at Dogs Trust Newbury please call the Rehoming Centre on 0300 303 0292.