Here at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury we receive a number of dogs that just aren’t cut out for kennels – these may be puppies, older dogs, dogs with injuries/medical conditions or sometimes we just run out of space. We are always looking for foster carers that are happy to take dogs into their home until we are able to find a forever home for them.
The Home from Home scheme, which was launched at the Shrewsbury rehoming centre two years ago, focuses on finding foster homes for some of the thousands of dogs that are looked after by Dogs Trust every year but find kennel life difficult, from the very young to the very old.
Foster carers play a huge role in a rescue dog’s life and by working with Dogs Trust, you can help us save more of them from unnecessary mistreatment or destruction. All families will receive full support and advice regarding the dog in their care and we will equip you with everything you need such as food and bedding. Any veterinary treatment is covered by Dogs Trust. We do ask that someone is home most of the day to be with the dog and that any children in the home are over the age of 10. Because you will be required to visit the centre with the dog on a regular basis you must have your own transport and live no more than an hour from the centre.
Vickie Plant, Co-ordinator of the fostering scheme at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, says:
“Home from Home means some of our dogs who have found themselves homeless can continue to enjoy everything life as part of a loving family has to offer, whilst they wait for their forever home.
It also means that we can care for more dogs as every dog in foster care frees up a kennel for another dog who is in need.
For anyone who is a dog lover who wants a four-legged friend in their life but can’t have their own dog, fostering could be the ideal solution!
Dogs Trust covers all fees and foster carers can go on to adopt their foster dog permanently if they wish, which does often happen as they fall in love with them! It’s really rewarding and a fantastic way to help us do as much as we possibly can for dogs that have found themselves without a home.”
Like us rescue dogs come in all shapes, sizes and with different personalities so whatever your experience level, we will endeavour to place the most appropriate dog into your care.
If you think that you can open your home and your heart to a foster dog then why not give our Home from Home Co-ordinator, Vickie Plant, a call on 01952 771417 or e-mail her at [email protected] and arrange to come and meet her and have a chat about fostering one of our dogs.