Foster a dog

Fostering a dog or puppy for Woodgreen is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a dog lover.

Being put in the temporary care of a fosterer gives the dog the opportunity to receive the love, care and attention they deserve whilst we find them a new, permanent home.

Plus you’ll make new friends with our Woodgreen team, and the volunteers that are already enjoying the benefits of fostering a dog.

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What we're looking for

At the moment, we’re looking for volunteers experienced with a range of dog breeds and behaviours, preferably who live in a home where no young children will be present.

Additionally, you’ll need to commit to not leaving your foster dog alone for more than a couple of hours.

Even if you don’t match the criteria above, you may still apply; but finding a suitable match may take significantly longer.

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Access to 24/7 support

We often need fosterers to care for dogs with training needs. This could include toilet training, or taking a dog with an unknown history.

Our behavioural team of experts are on hand to help to deliver a programme specifically designed to meet the needs of the dog in your temporary care. You’ll also benefit from 24/7 access to support from the Woodgreen Team.

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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.

Apply to foster a dog

Your application will take around ten minutes to complete. You’ll need the details of two references to submit your request successfully.