What are you waiting for? Complete the form by following the link below and we’ll be happy to discuss the possibility of fostering further.
Can you help get a dog from ‘Kennels to Cuddles’?
You will need the following:
- A garden, securely fenced.
- You must have a work schedule flexible enough that the greyhound will not be left without human company for more than 4 hours at a time.
- You need to be prepared for and be willing to work through and correct a variety of potential teething problems. These might be things like inappropriate toileting, unwanted noise, destructive behaviour, fretting, pulling on the lead, stealing food or indeed any other type of unwanted behaviour.
- We need your guarantee that every time you take the dog out for exercising he/she will remain on the lead and be wearing a muzzle if this is advised.
- We need you to contact us promptly if you are having problems.
- We need you to give us plenty of notice if you are planning a holiday or trip where the dog cannot go with you.
- We need you to give the dog love and care, but also to maintain basic ground rules in order that the dog can be successfully re-homed in due course. For example, we discourage fosterers from allowing the dog to sleep in their rooms/on their beds. Whilst this may be acceptable to the fosterer it may be totally unacceptable to the new adopter. It’s very hard to train a dog away from poor habits. In some cases, it can cause behaviour problems like separation anxiety.
- We need to know that your children (if applicable) will be supervised when they are in the dog’s company and that both dog and child will be corrected if inappropriate behaviour is seen.
- We expect you to begin and continue with socialising the dog amongst other breeds of dog by taking him/her for daily walks and encouraging supervised canine meetings.
- We need you to provide feedback about the greyhound in your care. Has behaviour improved, what is the dog frightened of, is it good with other breeds of dogs, cats, can he/she do stairs, laminate floor etc?
- You need you to be flexible about how long you can foster for. Short term foster homes have their place (emergency arrivals), but long term is by far the best. We don’t know how long it will take to home a specific dog. We don’t know for sure how long you may be fostering any individual for.
- We would like you to promote the greyhound in your care and help us to actively seek a good home for him/her.
What GRW will do to help?
- A home visit (same as we’d give for an adoption).
- Help, advice and support.
- We will try and pick a dog suited to your needs, experience and domestic situation for you to foster.
- All the necessary equipment for the dog in your care will be provided.
- We will re-imburse you £1 per day for food costs, should you so wish.
- We will ensure that the dog gets veterinary and parasite treatment as required (routine vaccination, flea and worm treatment etc).
- If a non-routine trip to the vet is required we will agree to the dog going and plan to pay for his/her bill, but with the exception of life threatening emergencies we need to discuss options with you first. Please just talk to us first, let us ask questions and if we are unsure of the best course of action let us talk to our vet (phone calls are free) to see what is advised in your foster dog’s case.
- Third party public liability insurance cover for your foster dog.
We will not:
- Pay you to foster a greyhound.
- Pay for damages to carpets, furniture, vehicles or any other of your possessions. You need to accept that fostering a greyhound is very much at your own risk before even taking a foster dog home.
- Pay for you to have a lifelong pet free of all responsibility. (Sadly, there are a few folk in this world that like to claim for new suites etc from charities, not promote the greyhound for adoption and keep the dog/bitch forever in this way effectively as a free of charge pet.)
- Pay for steak or premium, very expensive, brands of dog food (unless for medical reasons and on veterinary advice), but we’ll advise you on brands/types of feed and acceptable costs.
What are the benefits of fostering?
- Fostering is extremely rewarding, you gain canine experience and knowledge.
- You can take the credit for our truthful and detailed dog description. Without you we cannot tell people how your foster dog behaves in a home or what his/her specific likes or dislikes are.
- Not only have you enabled one dog to experience the joy of a home life, you have also freed up another vital kennel space to allow a second hound into our rescue for its chance of a home.
- You are doing something worthwhile and charitable from your own home.
- You will develop your own domestic fitness routine (dog walking), you have access to your own relaxation specialist (stroking a pet is therapeutic and relaxing), you have a special friend to greet your homecoming with absolute happiness whatever time of day or night you may return. Always happy to see you, your foster dog really doesn’t care if your hair needs a wash, your clothes are dirty, or you have a streaming cold. He/she will love you whatever you look like.