Could you be a fostering super hero? Yes? Swindon Needy Dogs Needs YOU!
It takes a very special person to become a foster carer. Someone who is able to set boundaries and is prepared to devote time and attention to a needy dog. At times it is hard, you could say it is no walk in the park! A foster home is a stop gap between an old life and the start of a new life, Dogs that come to us have either been found as a stray and in this case we would have very little information on the dog or the dog has been handed in by an owner unable to continue to provide for their pet. Sometimes these dogs have medical conditions or need socialiation.
There is no set time period for fostering, We recently decided to accept short term foster homes, So dogs can have some one to one time for a day, weekend or longer. Fostering helps dogs no end, If we didn`t have wonderful foster homes we couldn`t do what we do. Fostering one dog might not change the world, but for that one dog the world will forever be changed.
What do you have to provide for a foster dog?
- When fostering we ask that you commit to caring for your foster dog, give it time to settle, everything has changed for the dog and it may well take some time to settle in to your home
- We will provided food, collar, lead, harness, bed and anything the dog needs, however if you would like to buy the items for the dog, this will never be turned down as it gives us more funds to cover other bills like veterinary treatment,
- We do ask if you can take your foster dog to and from the vets for treatment such as neutering, vaccinations etc. We do not allow people to foster with un neutered dogs in their home
- We ask that you keep our dogs safe while in your care and do not allow them off the lead ( our insurance does not cover this)
- The dog remains owned by Swindon`s Needy Dogs whilst in your care and you must allow a co- ordinator to visit the dog or take it when asked and must make sure we have your latest contact information.
- You cannot rehome the dog or allow people to view the dog. Anyone interested in a dog you are fostering should be asked to email Swindon`s Needy Dogs for further information or an application form
- If a dog needs veterinary treatment, this should be discussed with a Swindon`s Needy Dogs co-ordinator in the earliest opportunity and they will arrange an appointment if needed
- If you are unable to continue to foster the dog, we will endeavour to place the dog in a suitable foster home as early as possible, but this is not always immediate as we do not use kennels.
- All foster homes are asked to add Jess Wolf to their facebook friends, any photo`s of foster dogs taken are property of Swindon`s Needy Dogs and we may ask you to remove photo`s or Swindon`s Needy Dogs may use them
- We are a non profit group and no one takes a wage
People often say they could never foster as they are worried they will fall in love with their foster dog. But what you have to remember is for every dog you foster and allow to find their own forever home, YOU helped save that dog and if it weren`t for you the dog may no longer be alive.
A Poem to My Foster Dog By Diane Morgan
I am the bridge, between what was and what can be.I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush, because my heart melted when I saw you, matted and sore, limping, depressedLonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine. I will feed you with my own hand.I will love you with my whole heart. I will make you whole.
I am made of steel, because when the time comes, when you are well, and sleek, when your eyes shine and your tail wags with joy, then comes the hard part.
I will let you go - not without a tear, but without a regret. For you are safe forever - a new dog needs me now.
If you would like to join the team please click here to email Swindon Needy Dogs