Why use foster homes?
The Little Dog Rescue believes that a dog is best assessed for a new home environment by living in one. Therefore we do not use kennels, but have a network of approved foster homes nationwide where our dogs can be properly assessed before being offered for rehoming. Our foster homes offer a varied range of experiences 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 your fosterers?
Our foster Mums and Dads are all volunteers, from many different backgrounds. Some are 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 fosterers 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 fosterers also have an important role in keeping the forum updated with information about their foster dog, and are actively involved in the assessment of a prospective home, after all, they know the dog best! And fosterers have a lot of support available from each other as a team, as well as from our Area Coordinators.
And what about the dogs?
The dogs we take care of come from a number of different situations. We are asked to 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 take fit easily into a home environment, and just need some TLC before they are homed. At times a dog may not be house-trained or used to car travel or lead-walking. Sometimes a dog is timid or nervous due to previous experiences and needs a confident, reassuring home. Occasionally a dog may have fear issues and be reactive to other dogs 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 and have fun.
Could I foster?
Why do people foster?
There are many reasons that 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 fosterers 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 fosterers are retired and active, and enjoy the companionship and exercise that fostering brings.
Fostering has many rewards, and makes all the difference to a dog's chances of a loving home. But don't just take our word for it, read some of the responses given by our fosterers when we asked them why they do it.
Okay, I'm interested, what next?
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