Dogs Trust


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 >

Ballymena Harefield Newbury
Basildon Ilfracombe Salisbury
Bridgend Kenilworth Shoreham
Canterbury Leeds Shrewsbury
Darlington Loughborough Snetterton
Evesham Manchester West Calder
Glasgow Merseyside

Who should I contact for more information about the Home from Home scheme?

Rehoming Centre Home From Home Coordinator
Ballymena Stephanie
[email protected]
07443 981710 / 02825 652977
Basildon Kerry
[email protected]
01268 535050
Bridgend Mandy
[email protected]
01656 728920 / 07920 658654
Canterbury Leon
[email protected]
01227 795256
Darlington Natalie
[email protected] 
01325 333114
Evesham Sarah
[email protected]
07920658661 / 01386 835848
Glasgow Zoe
[email protected]
0141 773 5130
Harefield Emma
[email protected]
01895 453930
Ilfracombe Karen
[email protected]
01271 812709
Kenilworth Sabrina
[email protected]
07920 658664
Leeds Amy & Jason
[email protected]
0113 2814922
Loughborough Rebecca
[email protected]
01509 882315 / 07920 658692
Manchester Tracey
[email protected]
0161 337 3616 / 07920 658689
Merseyside Kim
[email protected]
0151 949 5526
Newbury Shannon
[email protected]
014886 58839
Salisbury Emma
[email protected]
01980 629634
Shoreham Trina
[email protected]
01273452576 / 07739255013
Shrewsbury Vickie
[email protected]
07920658662 / 01952 771417
Snetterton Jess
[email protected]
01953 497 919
West Calder Stephen
[email protected]
01506 873459 / 07443 981793

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.

Find out more and how to apply >