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Foster a pet

Fosterers provide a temporary home for pets, whilst they're waiting to be adopted by new owners.

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Watch our video about what it takes to become a fosterer at Wood Green

Fostering explained

One of our amazing fosterers at the waterside, sitting with a dog

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

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.

 

One of our amazing fosterers at the waterside, sitting with a dog

Fostering explained

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

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.

 

Training and support

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

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.

Two people walking with a dog

Training and support

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

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.

A rewarding experience

Black cat sitting with their toy

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.

Black cat sitting with their toy

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.

Eligibility

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To join our group of local volunteer 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.

Two rabbits eating hay

Eligibility

To join our group of local volunteer 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.

Fostering Q&A

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, and a chance for a better life.

Why do pets need fostering?

Some of our pets awaiting adoption are happier and more comfortable in a home environment. But pets rely on fosters for all sorts of other 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.

Can I choose which pet I want to foster?

You may be asked to foster a variety of pets ranging in size, age, species and personality. You will be able to express a preference for which species you would like to foster.

Once you complete your fostering application, we may match you with another species, breed or a pet with different requirements, based on our assessment of your home environment. We will always provide you with all the information and support, you need to feel confident accepting this.

Can I foster more than one type of pet?

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 support will I receive from Wood Green?

Once you’ve been accepted as a volunteer fosterer, you’ll be assigned a foster coordinator. They will be your main point of contact, supporting you and your foster pets around the clock.

Your foster coordinator will organise a training induction for you before you take your first pet home, and will provide you with a foster handbook, training guide and equipment such as food, bowls, leads, toys and beds or cages.

Who should apply to become a fosterer?

Fostering can be emotionally challenging, so a level of resilience is required. All we need from you is to keep an open mind and a willingness to learn and follow our fostering guidelines. Fosters also need to be organised and comfortable with routine, as we will need them to keep accurate records on the progress of the pets in their temporary care.

Once your application is accepted, our foster coordinator will support you throughout.

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.

 

What is a day-in-the-life 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’ll need you to keep accurate records, and love you sharing photos or videos of your foster pets with us!

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 reason the pet is on foster and the length of time it takes to find them a permanent home. If 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.