Become a Foster Carer today
If you could take care of a dog in your home temporarily, we're always on the lookout for foster carers.
We have two types of foster care schemes:
Home from Home
Dogs Trust receive a few 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 looking for foster carers that are happy to take dogs into their home until we can find a forever home for them.
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. 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.
Who can be a Home from Home fosterer?
Anyone can apply to become a Home from Home fosterer, but due to the kinds of dogs that need fostering and to make the experience as positive as possible for fostering, we are looking for fosterers that meet the following requirements:
- At least 18 years old
- Live within an hour's drive of the rehoming centre
- At home to take care of the dog for a good part of the day
- Emotionally resilient to say goodbye when the foster dog finds a new home
- Ability to transport the dog to and from appointments at the rehoming centre or veterinary practice
- If you live in rented accommodation, you have written permission from your landlord to keep a dog on the premises
For health and safety reasons, we also ask that:
- You, and any other members of the household who will be handling the dog, are strongly advised to have up-to-date tetanus protection.
- Any existing animals in the household do not have an untreatable or untreated contagious disease and any existing dogs are vaccinated.
- If you or anyone else in the household who is immunocompromised (vulnerable to disease due to their immune system being impaired e.g. during pregnancy), you make us aware of this when discussing fostering.
How to apply for the Home from Home Scheme
Get in touch with your local Home from Home Coordinator. They are based at our 20 Rehoming Centres. Not sure which is your nearest? Find your local rehoming centre >
Who should I contact for more information about the Home from Home scheme?
The Freedom Project
The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse, running in Greater London, Herts, Essex, Yorkshire, the North East and the Central Belt of Scotland. As many refuges aren’t able to accept pets, Dogs Trust offers a specialist dog fostering service to allow people to flee and get to safety, knowing that their beloved pet is safe and well cared for, until they are in a position to be safely reunited with them. In order to run this vital service, we are always looking for volunteers to foster these dogs in their own homes.
When you foster a dog for the Freedom Project you are not only helping a dog, but a whole family too. Dogs Trust covers all the dog’s food and veterinary bills, whilst also providing you with regular support from our friendly team. We are looking for people who are at home during the day, have experience caring for dogs and can commit for up to 6 months. Unlike fostering with our Home-From-Home scheme, you don’t need to drive, as long as you can get to your local vet.