DEDICATED dog fosterers have given more than 5,000 days of love to patient pooches as they wait for their fur-ever home.
The Dogs Trust Home from Home scheme was launched at the Kenilworth rehoming centre two years ago for pups who struggle with kennel life. The scheme allows those dogs to stay with a foster family while they wait for their future owners.
One of those who has benefitted is greyhound Jet. The dog has epilepsy and his carers ensure he takes his medication and help with vet visits. They have looked after the dog for more than 200 days and previously cared for puppies and an elderly pair of Rottweilers.
Spokeswoman for the scheme, Sabrina Holder, said: “Our foster scheme means some of the dogs who have found themselves in our care can continue to enjoy the home comforts which come as part of a loving family.”
Since the scheme launched there have been 60 foster families who have cared for 140 dogs in need.
But the charity say they still need more fosterers.
Carer Margaret Wild – who is currently looking after a litter of puppies – is encouraging people without a dog to support the charity.
She said: “I originally decided to foster because I lost my own two dogs very close together and I didn’t feel ready to take on a dog permanently. It also suits my lifestyle as I have family abroad who I like to spend a few months of the year with.
“The thing I love most about fostering is seeing how much the dogs change when they come out of their shell and you begin to understand more about what home could potentially suit them. The more you learn about how they behave in your home, the more information you have available to pass on to potential owners who may just be the special someone that dog needs.
“For anyone who is a dog lover but dog-less and who wants a four-legged friend in their life but can’t commit to having a dog long-term, fostering could be the ideal solution.
“Dogs Trust covers all fees and it is a fantastic way to help us do as much as we possibly can for dogs which have found themselves without a home to call their own.”
To find out more about fostering visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/fostering or call 01926 484 398 to speak to Sabrina.