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Bridging the gap

Fosters are the unsung heroes of dog rescue. These are the people who selflessly welcome a dog into their lives – sometimes for only a few days, sometimes for many months – to provide a vital steppingstone between shelter and forever home.

Despite the common misconception that dogs in need of foster are ‘adoption rejects’ who need help working through behavioural issues, there are a great number of reasons why a dog may need a foster home. Whatever their story, the time spent in your home will provide a foster dog with an invaluable opportunity to learn, settle and prepare themselves for what comes next.

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How does it work?

If you’re interested in becoming a foster, view our FAQs for lots more information on what’s involved:

Foster FAQs

How does fostering work? Plus icon

Fostering a dog is one of the most incredible things you can do to help transform the life of a street dog. It’s a selfless act of love and support that provides invaluable stability at a time a rescued dog needs it most. 

In choosing to foster a Jai dog, you’ll be opening your home to them while they await their forever home. We’ll arrange the logistics to ensure that the process is as seamless as possible: your role is to provide a safe space and a happy halfway house for your foster dog.  

Do I need experience? Plus icon

Some dogs may be seeking a bit of extra care and attention – they may have behavioural issues or bespoke needs. In these instances, we usually look for experienced foster carers who have experience training or working with rescue dogs. But many are simply looking for someone to take good care of them while they wait to find their forever family, and in these instances, beginners are very welcome! 

As with our adoption service, we pride ourselves on our careful matchmaking process. We know our dogs very well and have a detailed knowledge of their individual needs: this allows us to match each dog to the right home. We take into account your own experience, lifestyle and location as well as the needs of the dog before placing a dog into foster. 

If for some reason we don’t select you to foster a dog you may have been interested in, please know that this is simply because we’re looking to find the most stable and suitable home for them to ensure they won’t need to be moved repeatedly prior to permanent adoption. We will of course keep you on our foster list and will be happy to suggest other suitable foster candidates in the future when the opportunity arises. 

How long do I need to foster for? Plus icon

The amount of time varies from case to case. In some instances, it may only be a matter of days before your foster dog is ready to relocate to their forever home; other times, we may not have an onward home secured. In these instances, it may take months to find the perfect place for your foster dog, especially as we’re keen to ensure that repeat rehomings / multiple fosters are avoided. It is in every dog’s best interest to be offered as much stability and consistency as possible. 

We will always be upfront and honest about a dog’s circumstances when discussing a potential foster dog with you, and will try our best to give you an accurate estimate of how long the foster may last for. If you have certain dates or timeframes that you need us to be aware of, just let us know and we’ll make sure we accommodate for these. 

How do I become a Jai Dog Rescue foster carer? Plus icon

To register your interest in becoming a foster carer for a Jai dog, you’ll need to fill in a Foster Form. This ensures we have all the information we need about you, your home and your lifestlye to hand, helping us to match you to the right foster. 

Once you’ve submitted a form, we’ll add you to our foster mailing list to ensure you receive any bulletins regarding dogs in need of foster care. This means you’ll be the first to hear of any new foster opportunities, which you’ll be welcome to apply for. 

What support do you provide for foster carers? Plus icon

Our adoption team are always on hand to support our foster carers: throughout the time of your foster, be it for days or months, we’ll be here to help and advise you whenever you need us. 

As well as a wealth of advice and support, we’re also happy to provide key resources for those who need them. If you’d like help sourcing essential items for your foster dog (toys, bedding, food, etc.), please don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll do our best to help. 

What happens if a dog needs medical treatment during foster? Plus icon

If for whatever reason your dog needs treatment or a trip to the vet while in your care, we’ll make sure that any costs are reimbursed by the charity. We ask that you liaise with us before any treatment so that we’re aware of any issues the dog may be facing. 

If you’re fostering a dog with known medical needs, we’ll be sure to provide you with a thorough treatment plan and any medical supplies you may need. We’ll be on hand to support and advise you throughout the process. 

What if I fall in love with my foster dog and want to keep them?! Plus icon

You won’t be the first!! It’s well known that when a dog comes into your home, it’s hard not to fall in love, and there’s certainly been more than one “foster fail” over the years!  

If the dog is already promised to another home, it won’t be possible to arrange for you to keep them. However, if you’re looking after a dog who’s not yet got their onward rehoming confirmed, then we’re always happy to give their foster first refusal so long as their home and lifestyle can meet the dog’s needs long-term. 

If this is the case, we’ll need you to complete a full adoption form and we’ll take you through the standard adoption process. You’ll need to pay the adoption fee to confirm, after which we’ll be delighted to declare you an official Jai Dog Rescue adopter!

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