Fostering Information



FOSTERING CAN BE VERY REWARDING AND WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED, KIND, PATIENT FAMILIES WITH WHOM TO PLACE ABANDONED AND NEGLECTED ANIMALS, SO THEY CAN RECUPERATE IN SAFETY AND BE ASSESSED TO FIND SUITABLE PERMANENT HOMES.


THE ANIMALS WHO COME TO US ARE OFTEN DISTRESSED AND NERVOUS, AND WILL NEED LOTS OF YOUR TIME, SO WE LOOK FOR FOSTER CARERS WHO ARE HOME FOR MOST OF THE DAY AND ABLE TO DEVOTE PLENTY OF LOVE AND CARE TO THE DOG. GARDENS NEED TO BE SECURE AND ANY OTHER PETS AND CHILDREN WILL NEED TO BE ACCEPTING, PATIENT AND KIND.

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What is involved in Fostering?

Reaching Out do not have kennels, but rescued dogs either go straight to a loving permanent home if everything is straighforward, or into the Family of one of our dedicated team of Foster Carers. Our Carers are trained to help rescued dogs to cope with the stress of moving home, and to assist them in recovery and rehabilitation where necessary. They will be healthchecked, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated as required, with the cost being borne by Reaching Out or the Rescue. Any other costs will be discussed individually in accordance with circumstance and the dog’s needs

 

Would I be a Suitable Foster Carer?

A number of our Foster Carers become so attached to their charges that they adopt them - and we end up losing a Carer! This means that we are always looking for experienced dog owners who can offer the right support and home life. Rescued dogs have often suffered trauma and sometimes physical injury. They can be very nervous and require considerable time and attention. We ask that Foster Carers are at home for most of the day, and will not leave their charges for more than four hours a day in normal circumstances. Dogs will be placed with Carers according to their needs - be it with children or other pets. They must have a secure garden and be prepared to give the dog regular exercise and playtime, as well as elementary obedience training

 

What should I do Next?

If you would like to become a Foster Carer, please contact us to talk things through. We will ask some questions of you that you might feel are intrusive. Please bear in mind that we will be entrusting a vulnerable creature into your care, who may have had a horrendous life to date. We also have duty of care to our Carers and their Families and Pets, to only place with you a dog who will fit in with your existing arrangements.