Hattie’s assured a happy future thanks to foster scheme

Nine-year-old Shih Tzu Hattie’s life is finally on the up thanks to our Home from Home fostering scheme.  

Hattie has endured a harrowing past sustaining a broken jaw and eye socket due to a violent attack in her previous home.  She was recently transferred into Dogs Trust care via our holding centre in Penrith and was immediately placed into a foster home where she is relishing home comforts and being surrounded by love. 

Next month Hattie will move for the final time to her new forever home which wouldn’t have been possible without Hattie’s fosterer Jeanne Taylor. 

Amy Redpath, Dogs Trust’s Assistant Manager and Home from Home Coordinator at Penrith, said: 

“We are absolutely thrilled Lady Hattie, as she is affectionately known, is now assured a happy future thanks to Dogs Trust fosterer Jeanne.  Jeanne was our first foster carer and Hattie is the 10th dog she has cared for this year.  We cannot thank her enough for everything she does for the dogs she looks after temporarily in her home. Our fosterers really are life savers who play such a pivotal role in the successful happy future life of the dogs they care for and we couldn’t do our vital work without them. 

“The Home from Home foster scheme is a very important part of our work finding new forever homes for every dog that comes into Dogs Trust care. This year we have had 45 dogs in foster care through the scheme but we would like to increase this number further so are appealing for new fosterers.   

“We are keen to hear from anyone living up to 45 minutes from Penrith in Cumbria, Carlisle, Workington, Gretna, Brampton, Keswick or Kendal.  Fosterers must have time and patience to help their four-legged friend adjust to their new surroundings and also be prepared to say goodbye to them in the future which can often be the hardest part. Fostering allows us to really get to know our dogs so that we can match each individual dog with their perfect new home” 

Fosterer Jeanne said:

“I really enjoy fostering as it allows me to help so many dogs. I like getting to know each of their characters and personalities and seeing them go off to their new homes, knowing I played a part in their new life, is a wonderful feeling. Hattie is such a sweet girl.  She loves her walks and especially likes meeting both people and dogs when she is out.  She really is a perfect guest who has a gorgeous personality and enjoys plenty of cuddles which suits me just fine.” 

Fosterers must have a love of dogs, a secure garden area, be at home most of the day and preferably not have young children. We will support you every step of the way providing food, bedding and any other practical things you need to make your new canine friend feel at home. We also cover the costs of all veterinary treatment. The length of time a dog is in foster care differs in each individual case. 

Anyone interested in fostering, please contact Amy Redpath at [email protected] or call 01768 870 617.