Dog Fostering

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Dog fosterers needed

We are introducing an exciting and rewarding scheme at the RSPCA Martlesham Centre; we need
fosterers to help some of the dogs in our care, if simply to give them a break from the kennel
environment. This will not only help our dogs become ready for their new forever homes, but will
also free up spaces in our kennels, giving us the opportunity to help more dogs in need.
We are looking for understanding people who can provide a safe home for our dogs and provide
them with positive socialising and training. Experience owning dogs would be very beneficial but not
always essential.

The staff will put for fostering the dogs that they feel are most in need, so our fosterers will need to
be open minded and willing to take on any dog, no matter what breed, age or sex. We do have a
variety of breeds at the centre but most of the dogs needing a break from the kennels tend to be
larger breeds or Staffordshire Bull Terriers, which can be strong, especially on the lead.

Some of our dogs have been the victims of cruelty or rescued from neglectful backgrounds and have
not been lucky enough to get the necessary training and socialising; therefore these dogs may have a
few behavioural problems which will need your understanding and devotion to overcome.

Before we place any dog in a foster home, they will have been fully assessed by our trained staff and
if healthy will also be up for rehoming. (We do not usually allow fosterers to adopt the foster dogs in
their care.) Please be aware that our centre does not foster out dogs that are currently part of
prosecution cases and we do not run the National RSPCA’s Pet Retreat scheme.

Basic Requirements:

  • You will need to be in our Branch area which is the dark blue section on the map provided
    and within approximately 30 minutes of the centre.
  • If your house is rented, we will need written permission from the council/landlord that it is
    okay for you to have a foster dog at the property.
  • You will need a fully secure garden or part of a garden which has fencing of at least 5ft high.
    (This may need to be 6ft depending on the dog being fostered.)
  • You will need to have your own transport. (It will be your responsibility to make sure that
    your insurance covers the vehicle for volunteering purposes.)
  • Ideally someone needs to be at home most of the time but the dog/s can be left for a
    maximum of 4 hours in a 24 hour period. Please note: We do not accept split shifts or
    coming home on lunch breaks whereby the dog is being left for the majority of the day.
  • We can only accept households with no other pets or children under 16 years old (who
    either live at your home or visit regularly), as some of our dogs have come from homes
    where they have not been used to other animals or children. This will also ensure the dog
    will get undivided attention to help with any training needs or behavioural problems.

All equipment, food and medication will be supplied or paid for by the Animal Centre throughout the
foster period. You will receive information on the foster dog and basic training from the Animal Centre before
taking on a foster dog and will receive continued support throughout the foster period.
We ask that all new fosterers volunteer on the dog kennels with staff at the centre for a few days so
that we can get to know each other and get an idea on your current knowledge to help future
training and pairing you with a suitable foster dog.

To confirm suitability, you will have to first fill out an application form and we require 2 references
that are not family members. The centre will then obtain a reference from your past and present vet
and complete a home visit.

If you are interested in offering one of our dogs a temporary loving home, please contact our Kennel
Supervisor Natalie Wood.

dogfostering@rspca-ipswich.org.uk
0300 999 7321

This is a new scheme which we are running alongside our current animal care commitments and
therefore you may not be contacted immediately.

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