Some of the most valued volunteers in Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary are the kind people who foster our homeless dogs. It is a very rewarding experience and without caring foster families many of the homeless dogs would be overlooked in kennels and find it difficult to find their forever home.
If you decide that you would like to foster for Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary please fill out an application form. Once your application has been received one of our Team will give you a call to discuss fostering in more detail and ensure you are prepared for a dog who has never been in a house before.
As a foster carer your job of assessing the dog is very important, it will help us decide what type of permanent home is suitable. Some dogs may need housetraining, to be introduced to household appliances, socialised with people and other dogs, basic obedience training, lead training, and to get used to busy streets, roads etc. All dogs are different as others may need none of this and will slot right into life in a home perfectly with no issues at all.
Any vet bills will be paid for by Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary while you are fostering, providing this has been discussed and agreed with a member of the team in advance. Food can also be provided if necessary. Each dog will come with a muzzle, collar, and lead. The Fostering Co-ordinators are there to answer any questions you have, help with any problems you come across, and will be there to support you step by step in the fostering process. We also have a qualified dog behaviourist on the team for any expert advice you may need.
Fostering is a wonderful, rewarding experience and seeing a dog you have helped go on to thrive in its new home is amazing. However it can also be upsetting to have to let go of a dog with whom you have built a strong bond and love so much. You have to be caring and also strong to be a foster carer, but both you and the homeless dogs will reap the rewards.