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Foster carers needed


Would you like to make a real difference to the life of a rescue dog, but aren’t in a position to make the long-term commitment to owning your own dog? Animals in Distress is looking for experienced and committed people to act as short-term foster carers for dogs in need of special care at certain times of their lives.

This could be because they are elderly dogs, or puppies too young to be in kennels. It could also be adult dogs who find kennel life particularly stressful, but who will settle and be happier in a home environment.

Short and longer term fostering

We are looking for weekend fosterers – this could be people who work during the week but can offer weekend respite from the kennel environment for a dog.

We are also looking for longer term fosterers – this could be someone offering a temporary home to a dog for several weeks.

Some dogs will need a foster home with no other pets, but other foster dogs will thrive if there is another dog in the home – so we are looking for foster carers both with and without their own pets.

Foster carers must be able to return the dog to the Rescue Centre for vet visits as required.

Criteria for Short Term Fosterers
  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Use of transport to safely transport pets to veterinary appointments etc.
  • If living in shared or rented accommodation, relevant permissions must be obtained
  • Able to work as part of a team and a good communicator
  • Comfortable following Animals in Distress procedures and policies in caring for animals
  • Must live within 30 minutes travelling distance of our Rescue Centre
  • Happy to undertake training provided
  • Reliable, competent and happy to work alone
  • Flexible, self-motivated and diligent with a pragmatic approach to the care of foster animals
  • Experience of handling and caring for dogs
  • No more than 3-4 hours left alone each day, less for puppies
  • Homes with resident cats considered if the cat is used to dogs
  • Homes with resident dogs considered if dog has a sociable history

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer for Animals in Distress and live locally to our Rescue Centre in South Devon, please drop us an email to