Battersea are currently recruiting Cat Foster Carers only. Please check back on our website for further updates.
Becoming a Dog Foster Carer means you are providing invaluable support in caring for lost, abandoned and unwanted animals by preparing them for their new homes.
Fostering dogs also gives Battersea a valuable opportunity to see how our dogs behave in a domestic environment so we can find them the right new homes.
What type of dogs will I foster?
Most dogs tend to require a foster home for either stress, behavioural or medical reasons. We will always ensure the dog is suitable for you and will discuss all the details of the dog with you first so you are fully informed.
They are often Staffordshire Bull Terriers or Greyhounds. It is a huge plus if our foster carers have had experience with these breeds. In some cases, foster carers need to be willing to follow behaviour training programs to help dogs resolve unwanted behaviours.
What are the requirements to become a Dog Foster Carer?
- No young children, but those with older children may be considered. We are looking for families where the minimum age of children is 13
- You need to be able to keep a dog with you at all times, especially at the beginning of the foster period. After the settling in period, dogs should not be left for more than 4 hours, and in many cases for less time
- Due to the nature of dogs in need of foster homes, we are looking for foster homes with no other pets in the home.
- Living within one hour of one of our three centres and be able to travel to a centre when required, sometimes at short notice
- Experience with owning dogs, ideally Bull breeds or Sighthounds. Many of our foster dogs are Staffordshire Bull Terriers or Greyhounds so it is beneficial if you have owned them previously and understand the breeds
- Enthusiasm for training your foster dog
- Compassion, empathy and the appreciation that every dog is an individual
We would like people to commit to us on a long-term basis as the dogs that need fostering require a nice stable environment which requires commitment from the Dog Foster Carer. Each individual foster case will vary; they can range from two to three weeks up to three months and sometimes even longer if the dog is struggling to find a home.
Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and a chance to make a real difference to a dog who might be struggling in a kennel environment. It is, however different to rehoming. If you’re interested in owning a dog, find out how to rehome a dog.
What do I need to do as a Dog Foster Carer?
- Care for all the dog's needs – feeding, walking, grooming, training, socialising
- Be willing to follow our guidance and regulations on training and handling
- Be happy to play a part in the rehoming process by providing photos, videos and regular updates via email
- Be able to get to our centres to attend Clinic or rehoming appointments, which may be last minute
What support will a Dog Foster Carer receive?
- Training in dog behaviour and welfare
- Regular contact with our Fostering team
- Veterinary and behavioural support provided throughout the foster period
- All supplies needed for your foster dog will be provided
How do I become a Dog Foster Carer?
Complete the application form. Please provide as much information as possible.
Before applying we recommend that you read our fostering FAQs.
2. Phone call
A member of the fostering team will call you for an interview and to answer any questions you may have.
3. Home check
We ask that you kindly send in footage of your home. This is in no way to judge your home. It is only to check that it is a safe environment for our animals and to determine the best match for you and your set-up.
We will invite you to two inductions for assessment and training. These sessions will be online at this time.