Foster a pet

We're always looking for volunteers who live in or around Godmanchester, Peteborough or Royston to join our pet fostering community.

Foster a dog

Give one or more of our dogs a temporary home

Foster a cat or small pet

Provide a cat or small pet with a temporary home

Fostering explained

Fosterers provide a temporary home for pets whilst they’re being matched with a new owner. This may last anywhere between a few weeks or several months. 

Fosterers are responsible for feeding, exercising, cleaning, socialising, giving medication and grooming the pet or pets that are in their care.

If you’re looking to give one of our pets a permanent home, please register your interest with our rehoming team

 

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Training and support

Even if you’ve never owned a pet, let alone fostered before, you'll have the support of a designated foster co-ordinator and 24 hours support for your foster pet.

Our community of volunteer fosters are also a great source of knowledge and support!

The welfare of the pets in our care is our priority, so we will always look to individually match pets with fosterers, depending on their respective needs. 

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A rewarding experience

Becoming a Wood Green fosterer is one of the most rewarding things you can do for pets in need. 

It's a great way to give pets some extra love and respite in your own home without the responsibility of owning a pet full time.  

Ultimately, you'll be giving them a helping hand to a forever home: their second chance at a good life. 

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Eligibility

To join our group of local volunteer dog fosterers, you need to: 

If you already have pets, or young children, placing a foster animal may be more difficult, but we review every application we get in the hope that a suitable pet can be found for your individual situation. 

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Fostering: frequently asked questions

  • Why should I foster for Wood Green?

    Becoming a Wood Green fosterer is one of the most rewarding things you can do for pets in need. Fostering is a great way to give pets some extra love and respite in your own home without the responsibility of owning a pet full time. Ultimately, you’ll be giving them a helping hand to a forever home - their second chance at a good life.

  • Why do pets need fostering?

    Pets rely on fosters for all sorts of reasons including those who need to be assessed in a home environment and need to get used to humans a bit more. Others might be recovering from operations, waiting for test results, are too young to rehome, or may be pregnant.

  • What types of pets will I be asked to foster?

    Wood Green cares for a variety of species including cats, dogs and small pets. We may need to place these pets in temporary foster homes at any time. You may be asked to foster a variety of pets ranging in size, age, species and personality.

  • Can I foster more than one type of pet?

    Yes – you will be able to choose which species you are able to foster. Once you complete your fostering application, we may suggest another species for you to foster based on your home environment. We have fosterers who are able to offer a temporary home to dogs, cats and small animals depending on the requirements of the fostering service.

  • What will Wood Green provide me with?

    Once you become a volunteer fosterer for Wood Green, you’ll be assigned a foster coordinator who will be your main point of contact, supporting you and your foster pets round the clock. You will be provided with all the equipment and resources your foster pet needs, including food, bowls, leads, toys and beds or cages where required. Your foster coordinator will organise a training induction for you before you take your first pets home, and will provide you with a foster handbook and training guide.

  • What will I need to become a foster carer?

    To become a foster carer, you must live within 40 minutes' drive of our Godmanchester centre or our Peterborough charity shop, so that you can access our emergency veterinary provision if required. All we need from you is to keep an open mind and a willingness to learn and follow Wood Green guidelines.  Fostering can be emotionally challenging, so a level of resilience is required but your foster coordinator will support you throughout.

  • What is the day of a fosterer like?

    As a fosterer, you will be caring for Wood Green pets in your own home until they can go to new homes – feeding, exercising, cleaning, socialising, giving medication and grooming. While you’re fostering for us, you may need to bring your foster pets in once in a while for a vet check or treatment – or even treat them at home. We sometimes need you to keep accurate records, and we love you sharing photos or videos of your foster pets with us! 

  • Will I get to choose the pet I foster?

    You can advise us on your preferred choice of species you are able to foster. Once you complete your fostering application, we might match you with another species based on your home environment. We may ask you to consider taking a pet who is a different breed or has different requirements than you considered. We will always provide you with all the information and support you need to feel confident accepting this.

  • How long will I have my foster pet for?

    You may have you foster pet for a few weeks or several months. The length of time you have your foster pets depends on the  the reason the pet is on foster and the length of time it takes to find them a permanent homeIf you need a break or are going on holiday during this time, we can support you with finding an alternative foster home.

  • Can I keep my foster pet or find them a home?

    We understand you may get attached to your furry friend and want to keep them. For some of our pets, there may be an opportunity for them to be rehomed by their fosterers. However, if we already have a home lined up for them before they are placed in your care, you won’t be able to keep them. Our Rehoming Team are trained and experienced when it comes to matching our pets with the right forever home for them.

    If you are looking to permanently rehome a pet from Wood Green, we recommend you express your interest here.

  • How do I join the Wood Green foster community?

    Please fill in our simple form and we’ll be in touch with you.

    If you have any more questions email us at fostering@woodgreen.org.uk or call us on 0300 303 9333.