Dog rescue reaches rehoming milestone thanks to foster scheme
In the last year Dogs Trust West Calder has rehomed more than 400 dogs to new families thanks to the charity’s Home From Home Foster Scheme (HFH).
The scheme was created to provide temporary homes for rescue dogs who perhaps don’t adjust to life in kennels as well as others, while giving families who aren’t in a position to adopt a dog permanently, the chance to experience the benefits of owning a dog.
More than 60 dogs have found forever homes thanks to the support of the Rehoming Centre’s 20 dedicated foster carers, however the team still need more foster carers to come forward as there is no shortage of dogs waiting on loving new homes.
The team are currently appealing for foster carers to come forward and provide temporary homes for two residents; six-year-old Border Collie Holly, who is a shy girl and has previously benefitted from time in foster care which helped bring Holly out of her shell. The team also believe Charlie, a five-year-old Crossbreed who has been overlooked by potential owners, would have more luck finding a permanent home if successfully placed in foster care.
Stephen Thomson, Home From Home Coordinator at Dogs Trust West Calder, said:
“Dogs on the HFH Scheme are likely to need a little extra TLC because they might be: nervous in kennels, slightly older, possibly recovering from a health issue or even very young puppies, who need a lot of additional care before being old enough to rehome.
“There are lots of benefits to becoming a foster carer; not just for the dog but also the individual too. Fostering a dog allows you to do something rewarding, that can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health; while the dog gets to remain in a family environment for as long as possible, therefore is better prepared to go to its forever home.”
“I firmly believe the reason we have rehomed so many dogs off the back of the HFH Scheme is because each foster carer learns so much about the dog in their care, which provides us with even more information to match dogs with suitable homes. We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated supporters, including players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, who continue to help the charity in many different ways.”
Dogs Trust West Calder are hoping to recruit foster carers who live in an adult only home, in a quiet rural setting, who have no other pets in the household. Holly and Charlie would need time to settle in their foster homes and would need some additional training, however foster carers would have the support of the team’s Training and Behaviour Assistant; who will help ensure their foster dog remains respectful and happy while staying with them.
“We are hoping to find foster families who are: sensible, understanding and confident, with a calm demeanour; and some experience with dogs and who can commit to a long term stay for up to six months would be a huge support. Working with dogs who need a little extra TLC is so rewarding and seeing them flourish with a routine and guidance can provide a great sense of achievement for all those involved.”
Stephen’s role is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose incredible funding continues to help us provide dogs with home comforts while they await their forever home. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £6.8 million to date for Dogs Trust.
For more information about the Home from Home Foster scheme, please contact Stephen Thomson on Tel: 01506 873459 / 07443 981793 or email [email protected]