Short Term Fostering
Our fosterers do an amazing job. When animals come into rescue it can be a very stressful time and fosterers play a crucial rule in helping them adapt to their new situation. It’s also vital we have fosterers on hand to look after animals while they complete their course of vaccinations or other medial treatment, as we cannot allow unvaccinated animals into our rescue centre at Ferry Farm, as this would potentially put the health of our other animals at risk.
Some animals can be in our rescue centre for long periods so short terms foster care can offer a break from kennels, and the chance to experience the home comforts of a loving family. This is particularly beneficial to older or nervous pets, or those who’ve had little social interaction in their lives.
You can read more info about cat fostering in general here: Cat Fostering – CatChat
Long Term Fostering
Some animals (older ones and those in kennels for a long time) are available on a long term foster basis. You do not have to pay an adoption fee and the charity will pay for reasonable veterinary fees and take them to our vets when necessary.
Long Term Fostering – Dogs
Several dogs have been looked after this way; it means they do not have to spend long periods in the kennels. The charity may even take dogs into care if you happen to go away for any reason. The charity would need at least two weeks notice if you intend to be board a fostered dog. At the kennels which we use it is not possible to look after fostered dogs in the busy summer months (when the kennels are full with boarded dogs). The charity does not have its own kennels, they are rented. Our contract with Ferry Farm kennels is for six kennels though in off peak times we sometimes look after seven or eight dogs.
This guarantee is put in writing. If a dog does become a long term foster dog it remains in ownership of the charity. If an expensive vet bill is anticipated with a dog on a long term foster basis the dog may have to be returned to the charity. It will then decide the future of the dog.
As with all dogs, foster dogs are available on a trial basis and the fostering arrangement can be brought to an end if your circumstances change.
If you think you could foster an animal, please CONTACT US