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Dogs Trust Shoreham celebrates longest-term foster carer

Gill, from Burgess Hill is Dogs Trust Shoreham’s longest-term canine Foster Carer and has cared for a total of 28 dogs since 2015.

This Foster Care Awareness Fortnight (13 to 26 May), Dogs Trust Shoreham are appealing for more Foster Carers to help their canine residents by giving them a temporary home while they wait for a permanent one.

The rehoming centre in Shoreham currently has 18 Foster Carers participating in their Home from Home fostering programme, however they are on the lookout to expand the network for more carers like Gill.

Gill said:

“When my own dog passed away four years ago, I just felt completely lost without the company of a dog around my home.

“Being a Foster Carer really suits my lifestyle, it’s a good way to get the dog companionship without the full-time responsibilities, whilst also being able to help numerous dogs who need some extra TLC. All dogs are different, they have varying needs and their own little quirks that make them so unique – it’s a pleasure to experience living with so many different characters and help them to find their forever homes.”

The centre is particularly looking for Foster Carers who can provide longer-term residency.

Gill’s most memorable moment of being a Foster Carer is when one of her longest-term residents, Simon, a French Bulldog puppy, found his forever home. She said:

“Simon had numerous health concerns – I saw him through it all and within the months I cared for him we went on a massive journey together.

“One of my neighbours had seen me walking Simon and realised that he was just the dog they were looking for. It was such a wonderful feeling to see him make a family so happy, and for him to become part of that family too. The Home from Home scheme is so rewarding, I would thoroughly encourage anyone who’s interested to pursue the opportunity!”

Sarah Fox, Dogs Trust Shoreham’s Home from Home Advisor said:

“From Great Danes to puppies, Gill really has seen it all – she’s been an amazing help to us here at Dogs Trust over the years.

“Foster care provides dogs with lots of extra support and the one-to-one attention that many of them need. We are on the lookout for more foster carers will similar attributes to Gill, and in particular people who have a little bit more dog owning experience too. The new recruits will be able to help us care for expectant or new mums and their pups, as well as providing extra TLC to dogs with medical needs.”

If you think you might fit the bill, please do get in touch with Sarah at Dogs Trust Shoreham on 01273 452576 / 07739 255013. For more information about the Home from Home scheme click here