Dogs Trust Shoreham seeks foster ‘pawrents’ for loveable larger pooches

Dogs Trust Shoreham is calling on dog lovers to consider opening their hearts and homes to give a large breed dog a home temporarily as part of our fostering programme.  

The scheme may be of interest to anyone who would love to have a dog in their life, but who can’t commit to the cost of taking care of a dog, as volunteer foster carers are provided with everything the dog needs such as food, bedding, and toys, and we will cover the cost of any necessary vet bills. They are also supported by the our team in giving guidance and advice whenever needed. 

We are looking for foster carers to take in hound housemates who are of the larger variety, such as Labradors and Lurchers, so that they can continue to enjoy a home environment while they wait for their new owners. 

Adel Burnett, Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Shoreham, says: 

“Home from Home fostering is an essential branch of our rehoming process. While many dogs are happy to settle in our kennels and enjoy being taken care of by our amazing canine carers, some just aren’t able to adjust and miss their home comforts too much which can be distressing for them. There are also some dogs who have medical needs and require some extra TLC from their carers. 

“We are so grateful for our incredible foster carers and really appreciate everything they do; they play an integral part in finding their temporary four-legged lodger a new forever home. By welcoming a rescue dog into their home, they are able to share characteristics of the dog which can help us find them their perfect forever families – from their most treasured toy or special sleeping place to their exercise routines. This then helps the new owners settle their dog into their forever home more quickly. 

“Fostering a dog is extremely rewarding and I strongly urge anyone who has a dog-sized hole in their life, but who isn’t able to commit to having a permanent canine companion, to contact us to find out more about the scheme and if it’s right for them. 

“We’re in need of foster carers who are willing to take in a larger dog; you don’t need to have a big home for a big dog, you just need a big heart!” 

We are looking for foster carers who are able to meet the following requirements: 

  • Happy to care for larger breeds of dogs (such as Labradors, Lurchers, Pointers etc.) 
  • Experience with training dogs using positive reinforcement methods, or willing to learn, guided by Dogs Trust experts 
  • Able to continue with on-going training with their foster dog 
  • Able to work from home or who are at home most of the day 
  • Have a home without any children, visiting children and any other pets 
  • Have a secure garden 
  • Live within an hour to the Rehoming Centre and have their own car (as the dogs will need to visit the rehoming centre to meet potential new owners).
  • Foster carers need to be over the age of 18. 

If you would like to find out more about dogs waiting for their forever homes at Dogs Trust Shoreham, please go to https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/our-centres/shoreham 

For more information, please contact the Home from Home team at Dogs Trust Shoreham on 0303 003 0000 or [email protected]