We always need volunteer dog foster carers who can provide temporary care for our dogs most in need of a break from kennel life.
What type of dogs will I foster?
Most dogs tend to require a foster home for either medical or stress reasons. We will always discuss all the details of the dog with you first so you are fully informed. Most of the dogs here at Rain Rescue will have come to us from the stray kennels and usually have little to no history or background information.
What do I need to do as a Dog Foster Carer?
- Care for all the dog’s needs – feeding, walking, grooming, training, socialising.
- Be willing to follow our guidance and regulations on training and handling.
- Be happy to play a part in the rehoming process by providing photos, videos and regular updates via email.
- Be able to get to our centre to attend rehoming appointments or checkups, which may be last minute.
- Be able to get to Rain Rescue approved vets for appointments or in case of emergency.
What are the requirements to become a Dog Foster Carer?
- Compassion, empathy and the appreciation that every dog is an individual.
- Enthusiasm for training.
- Experience with owning dogs, ideally Bull or Guarding breeds.
- Living within close proximity to our centre in Rotherham and be able to travel to the centre when required, sometimes at short notice.
- Able to keep a dog with you at all times, especially at the beginning of the foster period
- No young children. We may consider older children in some circumstances.
- Have no other pets – although if you have a dog with no behavioural or medical issues they may be considered as a role model for a foster dog so do still get in touch.
Ideally we would like people to commit to us on a long-term basis as the dogs that need fostering require a nice stable environment which in turn requires commitment from the Dog Foster Carer. Each individual foster case will vary; they can range from a few days to months if the dog is struggling to find a home.
What does a Dog Foster Carer get?
- Regular contact with our Welfare team.
- Membership to our Facebook forum to discuss their fosters with other Rain Rescue team members.
- Veterinary and behavioural support where needed.
- Most importantly, you will know you are helping to support some of our most vulnerable dogs while they wait for happy homes.
What is the process to become a Dog Foster Carer?
1. Submit your application
Please fill in the form here with as much information as possible. You will receive an automatic email as confirmation that we’ve received your application. We regretfully cannot reply to all applications.
2. Arrange a home visit
If you are successful, we will arrange a home visit. These usually take around 20 minutes and are carried out by one of our friendly Welfare Team. They will be noting things such as how secure your garden is and which animals would be best suited to your home environment. Home visits are generally very relaxed and help us establish your needs as a foster career and which animals you may be able to help the most.
Ideally we look for homes that provide a nice calm environment without too many people living in the house and not too many coming and goings. Preferably we would like our dogs to have access to a secure outside area, either a communal or private garden and enough space for them to be able to roam and take themselves off on their own if need be.