Foster families needed for homeless hounds in Ilfracombe

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe is appealing to dog lovers to help some of their residents in need of a little extra TLC by volunteering to foster a dog.

The Home from Home fostering scheme places dogs in temporary homes with loving families whilst they wait to be adopted.

Due to every dog being adopted, they have a variety of different homes with dedicated foster carers who can cater for the different dogs’ needs.

Whilst the rehoming centre would welcome foster families of all shapes and sizes, they are particularly in need of adult foster homes with no other pets or children.

Lou Holt has been a foster carer for two years and has so far helped care for 16 dogs. She said: “The thing I love most about fostering is that no two dogs are the same – I’ve fostered everything from week-old puppies to 14 years olds. Every single one is different and I could go on all day listing the individual personalities and characters of each dog.”

Karen Blacker, Home from Home Coordinator at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, says: “Some dogs struggle to adapt to kennel life, especially if they have come from a home environment previously. These dogs, as well as dogs that are perhaps poorly or pregnant, strays, older dogs or puppies, all benefit from being in a home environment whilst they wait for their new family. We are looking for a a variety of foster homes but homes without children or pets give us the best chance of placing a dog in foster quickly and ultimately help them on their way to finding their forever home.

“We’re so grateful to people like Lou who open up their home and hearts to dogs of all different shapes and sizes to help them find their forever home. Working with dogs who need an extra TLC is so rewarding and our foster families love to see them flourish whilst in their care.”

For more information about the Home from Home Foster scheme, please contact Karen Blacker on 0300 303 0292 or email