How do you become a foster parent for a dog? All you need to do is contact a rescue organisation and tell them you’re interested in fostering. There are so many rescue organisations who are desperate for foster carers as there are so many abandoned, surrendered and abused dogs in these shelters who deserve a little love.
I have been fostering for the RSPCA for 4 years now and the process of signing up was very simple. I filled out a form stating what animals I could look after and whether or not I was able/willing to foster dogs with medical or behavioural issues. I also had to state if I was comfortable with juvenile animals who weren’t old enough to be adopted out just yet.
The next step was to attend a training session which included an assessment of your suitability to the fostering program.
If you are interested in finding out more about the foster program, check out the RSPCA website which will have all information required.
The kind of animals you can foster include cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, rabbits and guinea pigs. Some animals enter foster care because;
they are recovering from health problems which need treatment before they can enter adoption
- they are too young
- Animals with behavioural problems or requiring socialisation.
The RSPCA supplies everything needed for the animal and is there to support you if you have any issues.
My first foster was Dolly the miniature fox terrier. She had to have surgery on her patella so needed a place to recover and be on restricted movement. Dolly was adorable and loved to be with you all time and snuggle up too you. Dolly became part of the family very quickly, however she had her bossy side, often letting my dogs know that they weren’t allowed on the couch anymore because that was official Dolly cuddles time!
Just like Dolly, Conrad and Pumpkin were two other dogs I fostered for medical reasons. This meant strict guidelines on food, on medication, and also on the amount of physical exercise they could or couldn’t do.
Wesley and the little Staffy pair, Billy and Milly, were all juveniles who needed some basic training and socialisation before they were allowed to go into adoption. Lots of time was spent on doggy playdates teaching them how to approach and play with other dogs.
Hansel was the first guinea pig I fostered who needed to be fattened up for de-sexing.
Before taking on any fosters I always consider if I have the time to put in the work required as I want the best outcome for the animals. Fostering is very rewarding and I would do it more if I didn’t have dogs of my own as I have to think about my girls too. All my fosters have a special place in my heart and I wish I could help more animals in need. Fostering is great if you love animals but can’t commit 100% to keeping one, this way you get to love them and see them blossom and find their forever home.