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Urgent appeal for foster carers - could you home a rescue?

Foster ‘pawrents’ wanted to help care for dogs looking for their forever homes

Danielle Elton

Posted 4 months ago ago

Every dog deserves a loving home, some just take a little longer to find theirs than others.

But while there are so many dogs patiently waiting for their forever home in rescue centres up and down the country, some dogs just don’t do well in kennels.

That’s where foster carers come in.

They provide a temporary home for dogs who are struggling in kennels or who require a very specific care plan.

And one rescue centre is appealing for more foster ‘pawrents’ to come forward.

Dogs Trust Salisbury is calling on local dog lovers to consider opening their hearts and their homes to a foster dog. 

The appeal comes at a crucial time for dog welfare, as the charity predicts that more people will be left with no other choice but to hand their dog into their care in the fallout of the coronavirus crisis.   

Over the past year, the rehoming centre has been overwhelmed with foster carer applications and have been able to place many dogs who were struggling in kennels during lockdown into temporary homes. 

However, Dogs Trust Salisbury still has some dogs waiting to go into a foster home that needs a more specific set up.

What homes are they looking for?

The charity is now recruiting new foster carers who are around for the majority of the day, have no pets or children under 12 and are willing to take on dogs who need training.

Does this sound like you? Could you provide a temporary home for a dog in need?

Emma Sainsbury, Home from Home Coordinator at Dogs Trust Salisbury says: "Over recent months we have been so grateful for the support of our amazing foster carers, and for all the interest we’ve had from the local dog-loving public to take in a dog during lockdown. 

“This has meant we’ve been able to get a lot of our dogs into temporary homes during these difficult times. However, as restrictions lift and some of our existing foster carers take a break from fostering, we now need more dog lovers to get in touch. 

"The ideal candidate would live no more than an hour’s drive from the centre, have a secure garden, live with older children and no other pets. 

“Fostering is completely free and we’ll provide everything you could need, such as food, bedding, toys, treats and are on hand to provide 24-hour guidance and training advice. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, we would love to hear from you!" 

If you think you can offer a rescue dog the type of foster home Dogs Trust is looking for, contact hfhsalisbury@dogstrust.org.uk  

For more information, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/fostering  

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