Battersea Foster Carers Help Timid Lurcher Find New Home After 8 Months at Rescue Centre

11 Jun 2024

A two-year-old Lurcher called Farley has been given a second chance thanks to the support of his dedicated Foster Carers, after spending eight months in the care of leading animal welfare charity, Battersea.

Farley was brought to Battersea after being found as a stray and proved to be a gentle and friendly young dog but was worried of his surroundings and struggling to find the right match. Battersea's behaviour experts decided that Farley would benefit from spending time on foster in a peaceful setting to get his mojo back and help him to find his ideal home.

Foster Carers, Naomi and Gary, volunteered to take Farley home, using tips and advice from the charity to build his confidence and support his training. Soon enough, the sweet Lurcher was showing off his loveable personality and could often be found snuggling as close to his Foster Carers as possible on the sofa for a snooze or chasing his tennis balls around the garden.

Talking about fostering Farley, Naomi said: “Despite being quite reserved when he first came home with us, Farley proved himself to be a gorgeous dog who had lots of love to give and just needed a bit of encouragement in a quiet setting to come out of his shell. He was such a character, and it was really rewarding to watch him grow in confidence during his time with us, especially on our walks in the countryside which quickly became his favourite part of the day.”

Thanks to Farley’s Foster Carers, Battersea was able to find out more about his personality to find his perfect match in Essex, where he settled into family life right away. 

Battersea is looking for more Foster Carers living near Old Windsor centre to sign up to its Fostering programme and help the charity to be there for every dog and cat. With costs, training and support taken care of, fostering is an ideal way to enrich your life with the love of an animal whilst improving the lives of dogs and cats in Battersea’s care.

Talking about Fostering, Naomi added: “Gary and I both love dogs and wanted to try something new and we were delighted when we heard about Battersea’s Fostering programme. They provide everything from training and medical care to food and toys, so it really is a fantastic way to spend time with dogs whilst supporting animals who need it most. Twelve years and almost 50 dogs later, we’ve got no plans to stop and would recommend Fostering to everyone.”

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Notes to editors  

  • At Battersea we offer our love and expert care to dogs and cats who need us by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals at our centres, and by sharing our knowledge and resources with rescue organisations around the world. We do this because we want to help every dog and cat, everywhere.  
  • In 2022 Battersea directly cared for 2,278 dogs and 2,253 cats at our three centres. We also helped thousands more through our Communities programme, campaigning work, supporting other rescues and animal welfare advocates, and sharing knowledge and advice with pet owners.
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  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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