Interested in foster caring with ARF?


We are looking for more people to become foster carers!

What do foster carers do?

Foster carers take dogs into their own homes and treat them like one of the family until they are rehomed to a loving permanent home.
As a foster carer, you choose which dog you foster (as long as it’s suitable for your skill level). You decide how often you foster and when you have a break.
As a foster carer, you help your foster dog learn basic obedience and good manners, e.g. toilet training, walking nicely on lead and not jumping up.
With help from your mentor, you choose which new home your foster dog goes to.
What support will I get?

What support do foster carers get?

Each new foster carer is allocated an experienced carer as a mentor to help you every step of the way and to answer any questions you have.
Interesting training is provided free of charge to all carers, covering a wide range of topics. We also have equipment that can be borrowed including dog runs, training crates, baby gates etc.
If your foster dog has behavioural problems, e.g. separation anxiety or fear of other dogs, you will need to work to improve these behaviours with the help of your mentor or, if necessary, a professional dog trainer.

Who can be a foster carer?

People from all walks of life become foster carers—full time workers, students, couples, families with children and retirees.
You need to be over 18, have owned a dog as an adult and have backyard fences at least 1.5m high. You also need to have time available to walk and train your foster.
If you have dogs of your own, they need to be friendly and relaxed with other dogs, vaccinated and desexed.
Want to find out more? Go to our website: and look for the ‘Foster’ tab.

Why foster with ARF?

• to make a difference – save a dog’s life so they have a second chance
• to experience the joy of dog companionship without the lifelong commitment
• equipment and veterinary care are covered by ARF
• you can attend free training and learn interesting things
• you’ll have your own mentor to help you with any problems
• a foster dog can be a good companion for your own dog
• it’s a chance to ‘try before you buy’ and learn what kind of dog is the right fit for you.

Things to consider …

You need to:
• be willing to spend time teaching your foster dog – fostering is more than just minding a dog
• be committed to keeping your foster dog until it is rehomed
• accept that your foster dog may have some unwanted behaviours that you will need to work on.

Who are we?

ACT Rescue & Foster (ARF) Inc is an incorporated association of people in Canberra and the surrounding region who rescue dogs from euthanasia. We foster them temporarily in our own homes for as long as it takes to find them loving, permanent homes. ARF is a non-profit organisation. All foster carers are volunteers who receive no financial benefit. All money acquired by ARF goes directly to saving more dogs.

Find out more here: Fostering