West Calder Home From Home success

Although 2020 has been a difficult year, the team at West Calder mark a very special milestone, after 112 of their canine residents on the Home From Home programme have gone on to find their forever homes this year.

One of the unexpected side effects that came out of lockdown early on, was that we received an increased number of individuals looking to foster dogs from us.

Very quickly we had to temporarily pause the number of applications to become foster carers due to the influx in demand, however an increase in the number of foster carers meant even more dogs were getting to spend valuable time as part of a family again, even if it was only temporary.

Susan Tonner, Rehoming Centre Manager at West Calder says:

“As well as having been able to welcome more foster carers on board in 2020, lockdown restrictions also meant that our existing roster of foster carers had more time on their hands to devote to supporting dogs in our care.

“The number of dogs we typically anticipate will find new homes each year, after spending time on the Home From Home foster programme is around 50, so being able to say this has more than doubled is a fantastic achievement.

“Our amazing Home From Home Coordinator, Stephen Thomson has been working hard to make sure dogs have the best experience while out in their “staycation” as we call it due to the current pandemic. The fruits of his labour have definitely paid off and despite all the recent hardships we’ve faced, this is a positive note to end 2020 on for us.”

Here's some of our former residents who are now in their forever homes: