How Does Fostering Help Save A Life?
Put simply, we can save more dogs if we have foster homes. We do not receive any funding or help from the racing industry and some months are kennel bill can be £4-5000. As we have to fundraise to pay for the kenneling – we can only help as many dogs as our finances allow. Foster homes save us kennel costs so we can help more dogs. As the majority of our dogs are on death row – this really means a life is saved.
What is the commitment?
We often get asked how long you will have a foster dog for. There is no answer to this, as fostering can be either until we find the dog the forever home he deserves or for just a few days or weeks to cover holidays etc.
Fostering can be a very rewarding experience, especially with a dog which has come straight from the race track as you help him acclimatise to home life. Some dogs will have never seen a house before and will be afraid of the TV, washing machine, vacuum etc. They will need calm friendly reassurance to get them through the early days. Some dogs will have already been living with a family who can no longer keep them. All they need is to be loved again!
What will it cost me?
We pay for all approved veterinary treatment and provide food, bedding etc if you need it. You just need to provide love and tlc.
How does it work?
You will need to pass a homecheck prior to fostering and we will then try to match your family up with a suitable dog so make the fostering experience as enjoyable as possible. We do ask you to treat the dog as if he is a member of your own family and allow potential adopters to come and visit him. But, and this is really important, we also need foster families to work us to help find new owners – we do need you to provide us with lots of photo and video updates as these will really help your dog be rehomed.
Please remember that fostering is a way for you to help KGR and our dogs – it is not a way for the family to have a trial with the dog or to see if they want to adopt a dog. If you are unsure if the dog is the right one for you, then fostering will not give you the answer. Please see our Q&As in the Dogs & Adoption section for more information.
The small print!
You do need to sign and fostering agreement which prohibits you from letting the dog off a lead and asks you to keep him muzzled at all times in a public place. This has nothing to do with the temperament of the dog, but is a condition of our liability insurance and it protects KGR.
We also ask you to provide us with regular updates and photos each week. Photos are essential to enable us to advertise your foster dog and find him a new home.
If you are interested in fostering please complete the form below and we will get in touch with you promptly. This is the first step to becoming a very valuable member of the KGR fostering team.
Please note that if you decide to adopt your foster dog, you will need to go through the adoption process and make the required donation.
Please read the fostering terms and conditions, and ensure you that you can comply with them before applying. You must be willing to keep the dog muzzled in public places, use our approved equipment and provide us with updates.