Like many rescue charities we rely on foster families to help us care for some of our greyhounds and lurchers awaiting adoption into loving permanent homes.
Our rescued hounds might need to be in a foster home rather than kennels for a number of reasons. They might be a very young or an elderly animal. They could be recovering from surgery or other illness, or they might just need a home environment to help them feel settled.
We are always looking for new foster homes for our hounds, and in particular homes that don’t have a resident dog, as these are always in short supply.
To be a foster carer for Forever Hounds Trust you will ideally be at home most of the day and be able to give the time and effort required by each individual dog. We consider all home situations for foster care, although ideally you will have access to a garden. For some of our hounds, foster carers can have children or other pets in the home as well.
Each foster hound is different; some may need house/toilet training, others need to learn how to walk on the lead, ride in a car, how to get along with other pets and children. Some won’t yet know how to deal with being left on their own. Often these dogs have come from difficult backgrounds and will need time and patience. Many have only known life in a kennel so they will look to you for guidance. The Forever Hounds Trust behaviour support team will be on hand to help you deal with these situations and work on a training plan to help overcome any difficulties.
Fostering for Forever Hounds Trust is immensely rewarding. Although it can be very difficult to let your foster dog move onto their forever home it is also very satisfying knowing that you have helped in the process. We need foster families who are happy to re-home their foster dog in readiness for the next one they can help. Time in foster care varies – it can be as short as a few days or as long as several months.
Could you be one of our special fosterers?
Listed below are the types of foster home we need right now. If you fit any of these descriptions, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Foster homes needed right now:
- Living near one of our regional bases in GLOUCESTERSHIRE, DEVON, SOMERSET or OXFORDSHIRE.
- No other resident pets