We are in need of foster homes to temporarily care for one (or many!) of our dogs in need.
Fostering involves looking after a dog in your own home until we can find a permanent home for him or her. Whilst you are fostering we will ask you to tell us about the dog so that we can find the best home to match the temperament of your foster dog.
When a possible permanent home has been found we ask the prospective adopter to visit the dog at your home, if you are happy to do this.
We are looking for people to help us transport dogs from their homes to foster homes or kennels, usually in North Kent or South London.
We also have a puppy farm run every 6 weeks or so when we bring unwanted breeding dogs (not the puppies) to find loving homes. We need drivers to meet near Reading and bring dogs back to North Kent or South East London.
Petrol can be paid but we do appreciate it if people can pay this as a donation.
Some dogs will be, some not, but a lot have initial accidents in a new environments. You need to reinforce a routine by putting the dog outside frequently at first and praising them when they toilet. Most adult dogs are usually clean in the house quite quickly but some take a bit longer and you do need to expect a few accidents at first.
Will it cost me anything to foster? Will I be paid?
Pro Dogs Direct will cover all the costs of your foster dog including vet bills, dog food and transport costs. We will provide all the things you need, unless you already have some of these, or wish to provide them yourself. You also need dog food and bowls, a bed and some toys / chews. Some fosterers buy the dog food; this is very welcome but is not expected. You will be a volunteer so we are not able to offer payment for fostering.
How long will I have a foster dog for?
It just depends on how long it takes to find the right home for the dog. This could be a few days or it could be a few months.
Can I adopt my foster dog if I want to?
This is usually possible provided we are not already talking to someone else about adopting your foster dog. It may mean though that you cannot, or would not want to, continue to foster other dogs, so if you enjoy helping dogs through fostering this needs a lot of thought.
Can I foster more than one dog?
We do have fosterers who foster more than one dog; it depends on your individual circumstances (e.g. other pets) and your experience with dogs. If you want to foster more than one dog we will talk with you about this at the home check.
What happens if I have a problem with a dog?
We will give you support and advice about your foster dog and help with any problems. We have a behaviourist who will give you more in depth advice if needed. Some foster dogs have never lived in a house before so they need time to settle and to get used to a very different life. Most dogs settle and get into a routine quite quickly.
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