If you are interested in becoming a dog foster carer then please fill in our online application form here » we will then make arrangements to come and visit you at your home to
discuss your options.
Animals in Need believe that a dog is best assessed for a new home
environment by living in one. Some dogs get very depressed in kennels and
give up the will to live. Therefore we try to limit the use of kennels, but
have a network of approved dog foster carers in Guernsey and the UK where our
dogs can be properly assessed before going into their forever home.
Animals in Need
dog foster carer homes offer a varied range of dog experience, which means we can
choose an appropriate foster home for each dog, but it also means our dogs
are able to experience situations which are invaluable to owners looking to
take on a new forever friend, such as children, cats and other dogs.
Who are dog foster carers?
Our dog foster carers are all volunteers, from many different backgrounds. Foster
carers vary from working part-time, some do not work. Some are single
people; others offer a busy family life. Some have no resident dogs, whilst
others have several, and many have other pets such as cats and rabbits that
mean our fostered dogs have an opportunity to learn to live with these too.
Experience of dog owning also varies, but most importantly our dog foster carers
are all extremely dedicated and believe that in order for a dog to be homed
appropriately it is important to put in the groundwork, whether that's
training, socialisation, behaviour work or just lots of love and
Our dog foster carers also have an important role in keeping notes
about their foster dog, and are actively involved in the assessment of a
prospective home, after all, they will get to know the dog best.
What kind of dogs need fostering?
The dogs Animals in Need take care of come from a number of different situations. We take
in dogs from other rescues, council pounds and home situations. This means
that the dogs too are very varied.
Many of the dogs we rescue fit easily
into a home environment, and just need some TLC before they are re-homed,
some dogs can go straight into a forever home if all is well.
At times a dog
may not be house-trained or used to car travel or going out walking on a
lead. Sometimes a dog is timid or nervous due to previous experiences such
as abuse/neglect and needs a confident, reassuring home that can give love.
Occasionally a dog may have fear issues and be scared of other animals or
loud noises. However, we always take into consideration a dog's individual
needs and match the dog with the most suitable foster home to ensure the
best chance for the dog to settle quickly and begin to learn to accept love
and have fun.
Could I become a dog foster carer?
Animals in Need are always looking for new dog foster carers. It is not essential that you are
a dog owner, or have previously owned dogs, although obviously knowledge and
experience is useful for dogs that need a little more work before homing.
What is important is that you are able to offer a secure garden, a safe
home, time and commitment, and that you are willing to keep a diary about
the dog. Ideally there should be someone at home for at least part of the
We promote positive training methods, and do not use punishment or
harsh methods. We ask that you have an awareness of the location of your
nearest vet, and are able to make visits to the vet should they be required.
An ability to drive is not essential, but does help as it reduces the extra
work our volunteer drivers have to carry out.
Please note: If you live in rented accommodation please discuss the
possibility of fostering with your landlord to ensure that having pets in
the property is acceptable.
|Why should I foster a dog?
There are many reasons why people decide to offer their home to a foster
dog. Perhaps they already own a rescue dog and have seen the positive
rewards gained by both them and the dog, and want to offer another rescue
dog the same chance of a happy home.
Some of our foster carers are unable to
work due to illness, but are able to offer the love and security at home
that a dog needs while searching for a new home. Other foster carers are
retired and active, and enjoy the companionship and exercise that fostering
Fostering is very rewarding, and makes all the difference to the dog's
chances of finding a loving home. But don't just take our word for it, sign
up and become a foster carer even if you only do it for a short time, and
you will see the difference YOU will make to that dogs life it could even
save a dog from death.
Fostering one dog will not change the world.
But surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.
We are always looking for new foster homes in Guernsey and the UK.
How long would I be expected to foster a dog?
That will depend entirely on you and your foster dog. Some dogs will have a
home already and will just need to stay in a foster home for a few days.
Others may need longer while we find them a suitable home or some may need
rehabilitation after an operation, and some may need longer to learn how to
live in a normal environment one with no abuse and harsh punishment.
Okay, I'm interested, what next?
Please contact Jackie Dalton
07815 685 579