Foster carers are gold to us and we can always do with more.

Our foster carers take dogs from local pounds and surrender situations where the dogs are at imminent risk of euthanasia or are in a situation that is not in their best interests. We have teams of behaviour assessors who test the dogs before ARF brings them into to see what sort of homes would best suit each individual; looking at things like whether they are good with other dogs, how they may react around children, whether they show signs of anxiety or fear and what they are like generally. These assessments which include photos and videos are then posted on our internal website for our foster carers to choose from.

Foster carers always choose their own dogs so you know the dog should fit into your home, you are also supported in the decision with the help of an ARF mentor. Foster carers keep the dogs in their own homes for a minimum of two weeks until they find a home. This could be anywhere from 2wks to over a year depending on the dog, but the average is about 6 weeks.

What do we need from you:
– Time to spend with the dog; walking, training and generally settling them into community life;
– Time to answer enquiries and speak to the public to help rehome the dog
– Patience; some dogs won’t have the same house manners that we might expect from our own dogs;
– Understanding; that you are committing to the dog until you can find them a new forever home.

What can ARF give you:
– ARF pay for all vetwork including desexing, vaccination, microchipping and worming;
– Support with training and how to help the dog become a great member of the canine community;
– We have a large store of donated items including food, collars, beds, crates and other items;
– Support of a mentor and group. We have over 40 carers who support each other and you will be assigned a mentor to
help with rehoming and any and all questions you might have.

Our foster carers all have different lifestyles and family situations. Some are single and retired, others work full time, some have kids, some have dogs/cats/chickens/horses. We love that all our foster homes are different as all our adoptive homes are different too. We try really hard to get the right dog in the right foster home, just as we do when we adopt them out. Foster care isn’t always easy, there are times when dogs have difficult behaviour issues, they chew important things or keep you up all night when settling in, but as long as you can deal with the tough times as well as the fun and happy times, fostering is a rewarding and great experience.

For a good rundown of all the important information on fostering visit Info on Fostering.