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Dog Foster Carers

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.

Why foster?

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 reassurance.

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 day.

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 brings.

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
Jackie (UK)
07815 685 579
Dog foster carers are all volunteers.