Pro Dogs Direct

We operate a non-destruction policy Rescuing and rehoming unwanted dogs in England

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Registered charity 1115647

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.

Will my foster dog be house-trained?

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.

We are always grateful for donations, be they funds to help pay our veterinary bills, food to feed the dogs while they stay with us or your time as a homevistor, foster carer, transporter or fundraiser.

We often see dog in need of veterinary attention, be they neglected, older, pregnant, or just in need of a good groom! Our medical bills are ever increasing and your donations go directly to helping us help more dogs.

We are a registered charity with no paid staff and, as we use foster homes, your donations go directly to the dogs who need them.

Can I foster if I have young children?

Yes, as long as we are satisfied that you understand the need for constant and close supervision of dogs around young children and that you will provide this. You also need to understand that the dog will not have had a thorough assessment before you foster him or her. That is part of the role of the fosterer.

Can I foster if I have a cat?

Yes, we do have dogs who can live with cats. We also sometimes have puppies / young dogs who can live with cats.

Can I foster if I go out to work?

Yes, if your work pattern or your circumstances are quite flexible. When a new dog arrives he or she does need at least a few days to settle in before they can be left, so fostering does not suit everyone who goes out to work. It depends on your individual circumstances, so please contact us to chat about this.

Can I foster if I’m retired? Or if I have a health problem?

Yes, sometimes we have dogs that are suitable for older people. If you have a health issue you will need to talk to us about your particular circumstances. You need to be able to walk your foster dog each day. You also need to agree to keep your foster dog on a lead when out at all times.

Can I have a break? Can I stop fostering when I want to? 

If you want to have a break or to stop fostering it is better for your foster dog, if you can wait until a permanent home has been found for the dog you are looking after. However, if you need to stop at short notice we will find another foster home to take your foster dog. Unless it is an emergency, this may take a few days so we ask you to give us as much notice as you can.

How do I apply to have a foster dog?

The first step is to fill in our on-line fostering application for. When you have returned the form, one of us will come to your home to meet you for a home visit; to see where the dog will live; to talk to you about fostering; and for you to ask us any questions. You can also have a chat with someone who is already fostering if you’d like to.

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