Become a Foster Carer

If you love dogs you can literally become a life saver!

If you’d like to join our loyal team of foster carers, click here to download the form & return by email.

If you answer yes to any of these questions then foster caring or dog socialising may be for you..

Do you?

•Love dogs  but unable to commit to a forever home?

•Travel a lot and miss having a companion around when you’re home?

•Live off a low income and feel concerned about the costs of permanently owning an animal?

•Move house a lot or can’t guarantee the next rental will allow pets?

•Have your own pets but want to help others too?

•Feel unsure about committing to owning a pet – wondering if this is the right decision for you?

•Want to help abandoned and/or neglected dogs find their perfect home?

What exactly is a foster carer?

Foster caring involves taking in a dog  in need and caring for them until a permanent home can be found. Foster carers offer a temporary home environment and open up room for another rescue (that may have otherwise been on death row at a pound for example) to take the space they once filled as they waited. Sitting within four walls is no fun and dogs  can often become depressed.

Dogs and Cats may require foster care if:
– they are recovering from an illness
– are expecting a litter
– nursing mum and her babies until they are old enough to leave mum
– need hand raising
– they are sick or injured and require nursing and time to recover.
– orphaned puppies or kittens require frequent (around the clock) bottle feeding.

But a great number foster dogs and puppies, simply need a place to stay until a permanent home can be found.

What is a dog socialiser?

A dog socialiser takes in dogs or puppies in temporarily as they adjust to a new life. A socialiser allows the dogs to experience the loving bond with a human given they may have come from a neglected background. Others may have not had much contact with humans in their past.

Socialisers facilitate the building of trust like for a shy or nervous dog or puppy. Becoming socialised allows the dog to adjust to a home environment, other pets, children, etc. and it enables them to adjust to becoming the ideal pet people are searching for.

Scared or unsocialised dogs can learn to trust and build up confidence so patience is required for this to take place. A puppy growing with regular loving handling accustoms them to receiving human kindness, affection and attention. Time needs to be spent giving cuddles and playing with the babies or older pets.

Would you like to be involved in fostering or socialising?

Being a foster carer or a socialiser is ideal for those that want to have a hand in helping dogs and without needing to provide a home forever. Some dogs can be stuck in kennels for several months and even years until they find their home. This work enables more organisations like us to offer no kill shelters otherwise they just wouldn’t have the room to keep all of the abandoned animals. If you are unsure we can speak to you in more detail about what’s involved. You can call us on 0447 410 001.

What are the responsibilities and requirements?

•You will need to offer a safe and secure fenced environment for the dog
•You will need to be able to offer the time needed to properly provide care and be willing to offer love and affection.
•You will need to be willing to administer medication if it is required and keep the animal up-to-date with flea, worm and tick treatments (if you live in an area where ticks are found).
•Grooming is required regularly for long haired dogs to avoid any matted hair.
•If you have other pets, you will need to isolate the fostered dog initially until they can be slowly integrated and accepted by your other pet/pets. This also allows them the time to adjust to a new environment and become accustomed to other pet smells, noises, etc. Introductions should be well supervised.
•A sick dog will need to be isolated from your other pets with the use of and proper hygiene precautions taken to avoid transmitting disease.

How long does the dog or cat stay in my care?

The length of your foster care or socialising care depends on many factors. You may be available for the short-term to foster or you may be more flexible. Wally’s Doggie Rescue will work with you on pairing you with the right dog depending on your availability and experience.

Generally fosters can range from just one weekend, to weeks or even months depending on the circumstances of each pet.

Does it cost me anything?

Wally’s Dog Rescue will cover vet bills (provided you take the pet to one of our our vets). We will also cover medication, bottles/formula and food. You will be required to provide a safe shelter.

Becoming attached to dogs  in your care

Providing a temporary home means it’s only natural that you might become truly attached to your visitor. Remember that you are doing such a good deed offering a loving short-term home until the dog can be offered a permanent forever home. By letting go of your foster child when they get their home means that another abandoned darling has a new life. Once the dog has found its new family this will allow you to help yet another pet in need.

Foster carers speak of the amazing satisfaction they experience by being a major part of the rehoming process, helping wonderful dogs – many who would otherwise have been euthanized. Foster carers are the heart and soul of rescue. For more information,  email us at