However, before you become a foster home there are some considerations on your part because it can mean changes in your household routine. It also means more time and energy and possibly an upset in your family's life. There are some considerations before you take on this task.

Family Members

As a fosterer you will meet a wide range of dogs of different ancestry. Make sure everyone agrees to fostering. Discuss the added responsibilities, the benefits and the drawbacks.

Other Pets

If you have a other pets, make sure your foster animal will be compatible make sure both your pet and the fostered pet are not aggressive.

Age of Foster Animal

If you are interested in puppy or kitten fostering, your experience will be very different to getting an older dog or cat. Young animals from a refuge will need all the basic training and puppies will sometimes need special work with issues such as stopping nipping and chewing things such as shoes. However, kittens and puppies are more manageable and less likely to have had a traumatic past.


Will you be able to let the foster animal go when it gets adopted? You get attached and letting go can be heart wrenching. Also consider that it might not find a home. Can you send it back to the shelter to await its fate there? Are you willing to adopt? It is a good idea to know where you as a family stand on these issues.


If you are interested in fostering, please complete an Expression of Interest form, or for further information, speak with Melanie on 06 40 59 40 01, or email us at