Becoming a Foster Carer

Do you have space in your home and your heart for a needy dog?

Dogsfriends desperately need foster carers as we have no kennels. Foster carers are the lifeline for our dogs, and the
more carers we have, the more dogs we can save. Fostering helps the dog to settle into a home environment and allows their character to shine through, helping us to find them the right home.

Location of Foster Homes

We prefer our foster homes to be located within the Bristol, Bath and Somerset area. The reason for this is to ensure that we can provide any support as effectively and efficiently as possible.

What does it involve?

Fostering demands a lot of time and patience but is very rewarding. Fostering a dog means bringing the dog into your own home for a period of time to offer love, understanding and basic training. Your role as a fosterer will be to assess the dog’s ability to cope with everyday family life and situations. The dog may be nervous or over-confident. He or she may have no house-training or basic training skills. They may be expert bin raiders. They may hate cats. They may not be used to lead walking. The needs of the dogs are many and varied, and you will not be expected to be experienced with every possible problem. We are lucky enough to have help from a dog behaviourist who will be available to you to offer advice if needed.

Your input is always valued, and fostered dogs have a much better chance of finding permanent homes because we can be more accurate about their needs and, with your help, ensure that the right home is found for the dog.

A fosterer provides all the daily needs for the dog as if it were their own: feeding, walks, training, healthcare and affection. We will cover all vets costs for any treatment at our own vets.

The Foster Carer is paramount to helping us find a suitable home.

We advertise the dogs on our website and also the foster carer can help find homes. The carer gets to know the dogs best so we ask them to provide information about the dog‘s progress along with regular updates and photos for the site to promote the dog in the best possible way.

Why foster?

You may be wondering what the benefits of fostering are.
For the dog they are obvious. The safety of a home. The warmth of a bed. The touch of a hand. The love of a human carer. But what does the fosterer gain from the experience?

Our foster carers are highly valued members of our volunteer group. They provide a service that many people are not in a position to, and we work hard to ensure they feel respected, appreciated and supported. For the carer there is the knowledge that they have helped save a life, and in doing so freed a space for another dog to be saved. It is a heart-warming experience to watch a dog develop and grow in confidence, to learn to trust, to regain health and fitness, and to learn some of those essential skills of socialisation and training. And isn't it amazing that it is down to the carer that all this happens? You can also experience breeds you may never have considered before.

Click here to read a quote from Sue, a Dogsfriends foster carer.

What to do next

Due to the responsibility of fostering we do ask all Foster Carers to complete an application form which can be downloaded by
clicking here and sent to the address on the form or here to apply on line.

We also like our Foster Carers to collect dogs and make Vet visits so reliable transport is essential. When applying please let is know whether this would be a problem for you.