Every year thousands of dogs find themselves in our Blue Cross kennels. They get all the love of our Centre teams but it’s not like being in a real home. Our foster carers open their homes and hearts to dogs who really do need a home environment. These might be dogs who struggle with kennel life, dogs who need some quiet time to recuperate if they have been poorly or dogs who would really benefit from learning how to behave in a home situation. Fostering is hugely rewarding but it take a special kind of person. We provide full training and ongoing support and all costs are covered. If you’d like to help a dog whilst they wait for their forever home this role could be for you.What you will be doing Caring for Blue Cross dogs and providing a safe environment in your own home until they can be rehomed Supporting dogs who might be struggling to cope with kennel life or may be recuperating from operations Transporting your foster dog to and from a Blue Cross site or vet as and when required The skills you need Previous experience of handling and caring for dogs Access to a car to undertake journeys to and from the Blue Cross site or vet Access to outside space for toileting and exercising the dog Being at home for most of the day to monitor your foster dogs regularly Willingness to learn and follow Blue Cross procedures and undertake training provided The ability to provide timely and regular communication with our foster teams through phone or email What’s in it for you You’ll be helping dogs to have happy, healthy lives You’ll be able to enjoy caring for a dog without the long term commitment of pet ownership You’ll gain practical skills, experience and access to a dedicated Blue Cross ARK training programme Disclaimer Fostering is a flexible process, but you need to be able to volunteer for a long enough period for dogs to settle in a new environment. You need to be 18 or over for this role. Blue Cross holds inclusion as a core organisational value. We positively encourage applications from eligible volunteers regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity. We actively embrace our differences and know that it is our differences that make us unique. You are very welcome at Blue Cross, without the need to hide any part of who you are.
Closing date 16 August 2022