Covid-19 update: Our rehoming centres in England will be closed to the public until lockdown lifts in early December. We’re still rehoming and taking in dogs, with increased social distancing measures in place to keep our staff and adopters safe.

Fostering

Foster a dog

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:

The two foster schemes have different criteria because the fostering opportunities are quite different. Find out more about each of the schemes and how to apply below.


Home from Home Scheme

Important update

We have been completely overwhelmed by offers to foster our dogs, and thanks to you, we have been able to get many of our dogs in to foster homes! We do still have a small number of dogs who are looking for a very particular foster home, and for the time-being, we are only accepting applications from experienced dog owners who do not have any other pets or children in the home.

For anyone who has already applied to become a foster carer, thank you for your offer of support. Our Home from Home team will be in touch if there is a suitable dog for you. 

If you would like to support us, we are still recruiting for foster carers for our Freedom Project. For more information visit www.dogstrustfreedomproject.org.uk

Fostering a Dog

Can you help us make sure that every pooch is cared for during this time of crisis?

Most people who catch the Coronavirus should still be able to care for their dogs.

But some may become too unwell to look after their four-legged friends anymore and choose to find them a new home.

We want to care for all those affected dogs. But some dogs are not cut out for kennels. And some of our kennels don’t always have space for new arrivals.

That’s where you come in.

We’re looking for new foster carers to provide a temporary home.

We need people to open their houses and their hearts to dogs who may find themselves without a permanent home.

This is a vital role; looking after these pooches until they've found a new home or we have space in our kennels again.

What do I need to become a foster carer?

You need to be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Able to visit your local rehoming centre if required.

And we’re particularly in need of people who:

  • Live in a household with no children
  • Have no other dogs, and no cats, in the home

You’ll receive as much support and advice about the dog in your care as we can give.

We’ll provide food, bedding and any other practical things you need.

And we’ll also cover the costs of any veterinary treatment.

How do I become a foster carer?

Find your local rehoming centre form the list below. Email them to let the centre know that you’re interested in becoming a foster carer.

Someone will be in touch shortly to arrange a virtual home visit.

You’ll need access to Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Zoom for this.

Benefits of foster caring

Being a foster carer gives you all the joy of adopting a rescue dog without any of the long-term commitment.

It’s perfect for dog-lovers who aren’t ready to adopt a dog yet.

Just as importantly, becoming a foster carer today means helping fellow dog lovers who have to give up their dog due to becoming unwell.

And you’ll be giving a loving dog a loving home when they most need it.

Please help by emailing your nearest rehoming centre today.

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 Penrith Transfer Centre

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 Becky
[email protected]
01227 795256
Darlington Rebecca
[email protected] 
01325 333114
Evesham Sarah
[email protected]
07920658661 / 01386 835849
Glasgow Nicole
[email protected]
0141 773 5130
Harefield

Zena
[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/Jen
[email protected]
0161 337 3616 / 07920 658689
Merseyside Kim
[email protected]
0151 949 5526
Newbury Shannon
[email protected]
014886 58839
Salisbury

[email protected]
01980 629634

Shoreham Trina
[email protected]
01273452576 / 07739255013
Shrewsbury Leon
[email protected]
07920 658662 / 01952 771417
Snetterton Charlie
[email protected]
01953 497 919
West Calder Stephen
[email protected]
01506 873459
Penrith

Amy
[email protected]

01768 870617


The Freedom Project Fostering Scheme

The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse, running in Greater London & the Home Counties, Yorkshire, the North East, the North West, and 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 and have experience caring for dogs. Unlike fostering with our Home-From-Home scheme, you don’t need to drive, as long as you can get to your local vet.

More information on how the project is operating during the current situation and to find out more:

Find out more and how to apply >