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Pet Fostering

Could you foster pets in need?

· Do you miss the company of a pet but can’t commit to adoption? For example, you might enjoy your holidays or can’t afford a pet of your own.

· Do you have time and patience to offer a pet? Fostering best suits people who are home most of the day, such as those who work from home or are retired.

· We are here to offer you with the necessary training, equipment and support, and veterinary care is provided through Raystede.

· Pets need fostering for a variety of reasons; many have had difficult pasts or need support with more challenging behaviours. We carefully match pets with the most suitable foster home and we find fostering works best in homes without pets or young children.

The length of fostering varies depending on the individual animals' needs but is usually for around 3 months or until the animal finds a new home.

Fostering is hugely rewarding and changes animals' lives.

Dog fostering: we are particularly keen to hear from you if you have experience with large dogs, bullbreeds, or experience helping dogs with more challenging behaviours through positive training methods.

Rabbit fostering: rabbits often need a quiet, rabbit-safe indoor space, such as a spare room, to recuperate from illness or operations. These fosterers must have experience of rabbit care.

Cat fostering: raising kittens in a positive, home environment is very beneficial to their socialisation. Please get in touch if you have experience of rearing kittens, have no other pets, and are home for a large proportion of the day.


To apply to foster:

We find fostering works best in homes without other pets or children, and with carers who are experienced with pet ownership. Applicants must live within 45 minutes of Raystede and be at home for most of the day.

Step 1: Read through our Foster Carer Volunteer Role Description to check you can offer the ideal foster home.

Step 2: Complete a Foster Carer Application Form to tell us about your home and what you can offer foster animals.

Step 3: If your application looks suitable for fostering animals, we will contact your nominated referees and arrange a home visit with yourself.

We receive a lot of interest in fostering for which we are extremely grateful. However, please be aware that this means not all applications will be successful and many volunteers do not regularly have foster pets in their care.

For more information on fostering, please contact our Rehoming Team; rehoming@raystede.org or 01825 880468. We look forward to hearing from you.

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