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Foster an animal

We rely on fosterers to provide temporary homes for the animals in our care.


Dog fostering and cat fostering

Could you foster a dog or cat?

We need more people willing to open up their homes to dogs and cats looking for a fresh start in life.


When you foster a dog or cat you'll be freeing up space in our centres so that we can rescue more animals in desperate need.


Benefits to animals

Animal fostering is an important role. It helps to play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home.


Many animals that we take in have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserved. Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-to-one care. Allowing them to build up their confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle.


Other animals don't cope well in an animal centre environment. This is where we need people to take them in to provide them with a real home, even if it is only on a temporary basis.


Benefits to people

Fostering animals can also be a pleasurable experience. It’s rewarding to know that you played a key part in the rehoming process when a foster animal is successfully rehomed.


It also gives people who would normally be unable to take in an animal long term due to other commitments, with an alternative.


Different types of fostering

There are three types of animal fostering role:

  • Fosterers for animals ready to be rehomed.
  • Fosterers for case animals whilst the legal proceedings take place.
  • Fosterers for our PetRetreat scheme that helps families who are suffering from domestic abuse.


All fosterers are responsible for the welfare of the animal in their care.


Find an animal fostering opportunity near you using our volunteer search.