Dogs Trust Canterbury is appealing to families to open their homes to help care for some of the centre’s dogs who need a little extra TLC.
The charity’s Home from Home scheme aims to place dogs who might be finding kennel life hard, whether they’re young puppies, older dogs or simply in need of additional care and support, into temporary foster care until they find their new home.
Dogs that may find kennel life more challenging include those who have only ever lived in home environments, older dogs or dogs with injuries or medical conditions.
Terri Edwards first joined the Home from Home fostering scheme in October 2016 and amongst others, helped Piglet the one-year old English Bull Terrier to find his forever home.
Terri said: “Piglet came to Dogs Trust in December last year and we fostered him soon after. As a young puppy, he needed some additional TLC and coped better with one on one attention in a home environment. We were attracted to the scheme for a number of reasons. As a family we wanted to make a practical contribution to an animal charity like Dogs Trust. It is so rewarding for us to see the dogs we have helped care for go on to find loving homes for life.”
The dogs that arrive at Dogs Trust come in all shapes, sizes and with different personalities, so whatever a foster home’s experience level, the charity will aim to place the most appropriate dog into the home.
Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming centre’s Home from Home Coordinator Sophie Maxwell, says: “When incredible families like Terri’s open their home to our dogs, they play a significant role in a rescue dog’s life. All of our foster carers receive full support and advice regarding the dog in their care and we equip them with everything they need, such as food and bedding.”
Home from Home foster homes will ideally have no other pets and no young children. If you would like to find out about providing a foster home for Dogs Trust residents you can visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.