Foster a dog with Dogs Trust Shrewsbury
What is the Home from Home scheme?
The Home from Home (HFH) Scheme was set up by Dogs Trust to find foster homes for dogs that need a little extra TLC and time out from the hustle and bustle of the Rehoming Centre.
Why foster a Dogs Trust dog?
Fostering a dog is the perfect compromise for dog lovers who can’t currently take on a dog full time or add to their doggy brood just yet. Fostering a dog is incredibly rewarding and you get a huge support network. It’s also a wonderful way to give back and support the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.
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. Like us rescue dogs come in all shapes, sizes and with different personalities so we will always endeavour to place the right dog in your care, however you need to be flexible and adaptable to what dogs you take in.
Hear more about the scheme from, Vickie Jones, Home from Home Fostering Coordinator at Dog Trust Shrewsbury
"I joined Dogs Trust Shrewsbury as a Home from Home Coordinator in May 2015. We started the Home from Home Fostering Scheme (HFH Scheme) so we could give the dogs in our care some much needed time away from the rehoming centre environment.
"When dogs are in foster homes, we are able to learn more about how they behave in a home environment, such as whether or not they are suitable to live with other pets and children, and what level of training they have.
"Putting dogs into foster homes also frees up space in kennels, allowing us to take more dogs in. The dogs that benefit most from foster care are older dogs who have lived in a home environment all their life, new-born puppies who require 247, around the clock care and dogs who find life at the rehoming centre overwhelming due to varying factors.
"My experience so far has been a very positive. I am really enjoying managing the scheme at Shrewsbury; I wouldn’t want to do anything else! The best part of my job is being able to see the transformation the dog has made from being in a kennel environment to being in a foster home to then finding a permanent home.
"As we know a lot more about these dogs from their foster families, we can match these dogs to permanent families more easily.
"From taking with the families on the HFH scheme I know they all find it very rewarding as they are helping and caring for rescue dogs until they find their forever home."
What I look for in a foster family:
- The time to care and do some training with the foster dogs.
- Must be able drive to transport the dogs back to the centre to see the vet and meet potential adopters.
- Must live up to an hour away from the centre.
If you’re interested in fostering a dog with Dogs Trust contact Vickie Jones or call the centre on 07952 77 1400.