Dog Fosterers

Being a fosterer is a unique volunteer role that allows for the provision of care outside the kennel. Fosterers have the ability to help our experienced team assess the animal’s suitability for rehoming as well as the right type of home for them, by providing feedback on potential health or behavioural issues.

Volunteer Application Form

Why Do We Need Volunteer Fosterers?

Our fosterers are amazing people who provide a loving home environment for dogs that either find:

  • Kennel/cattery life too stressful
  • Need to be assessed in a home environment
  • Need medical or palliative care

What will I be doing?

  • Providing home-care for a dog, feeding and caring for them, writing detailed notes on their progress and feeding information to the animal’s caseworker.
  • Following set training and exercise plans.
  • Taking your foster animals to receive veterinary care as needed and administering any treatment as advised by the vet, supported by the animal’s caseworker.

What attributes are we looking for?

  • Experience of caring and training dogs using positive reinforcement techniques.
  • Adult only homes with no other pets.*
  • A secure garden.
  • Comfortable giving medication to animals under the direction of a vet and with appropriate training.
  • Good attention to detail and ability to keep an animal information log.
  • Ability to follow behavioural assessment tasks and training plans.
  • Willingness to take on a challenge and work with dogs that have specific training needs.
  • Ability to handle strong and large dogs. 

Time commitment: Minimum of 7 days over a fixed period (24 hour animal care)

Location: Due to its nature this role is home-based, however, transport may be needed to our partner vets and Oak Tree Farm (Wetheral) and we therefore ask our fosterers to be within a 45 minute radius of CA4 8JA.

Own transport is beneficial due to our location (we are currently not in a position to be able to offer transport). 

Oak Tree staff shortlist all applications received after the closing date and will invite shortlisted applicants for an interview. All fosterers are home-checked and receive ongoing training and support from our welfare team. Training and support will be provided for this role as appropriate.

If you have any questions regarding this volunteer role, please contact Angel Hawkins on:

*We work on a case-by-case basis, so please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.

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