UPDATE: Due to the current situation we are regrettably unable to take on new foster carers at this time. Thank you for your support.

ARF is always looking for more loving ‘temporary homes’ for dogs and foster caring can be an extremely rewarding experience. In fact most foster carers find an extra ‘tail’ in the house comes with a range of benefits. Not least the feeling that you have saved a dog who might otherwise been put down.

ARF’s objective is to foster a dog for as long as it takes for a new permanent home to be found. Some dogs are adopted in a couple of weeks, others take many months, and some are so gorgeous that the carers fall in love with them and adopt them themselves. In fact the most common question we are asked by new foster carers is ‘how can I give them away?’

By letting your foster go to a fabulous forever home you are freeing up a space for another needy pound dog. Of course at times it can be hard as you grow attached but when you see them happy in their new home it makes it all worthwhile.

Different dogs come into care with a wide variety of needs and requirements. So because of this we have a Perfect Match rating system Gold, Silver and Bronze.

We use this system to work out what rating you would be as a foster carer and we also rate the dogs based on their behaviours observed during temperament testing, this way we ensure that you are suitably matched with the right dog for your household.

ARF has a very good mentoring system for new foster carers and our mentors can offer sound advice when problems do occur. We also have  experienced foster carers who are always happy to help with any issues you may be having.  Please note that we can only accept foster carers from the Canberra/Queanbeyan/Yass region.

ARF also offers training and information sessions throughout the year which are informative and also a great way to meet other foster carers and talk about your experiences.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer please fill in the foster application form here

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