(Please note we do not place any of our dogs in foster homes outside the UK or in areas where we are unable to adhere to our normal rehoming process.)
Once you have completed our Foster Application Form, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your form. The form will then be passed on to the foster co-ordinators.
The co-ordinators will give you a call to discuss your application (we aim to do this within 3 days, however, please bear in mind we are all volunteers who often also work full-time in other occupations).
We will aim to match you to a suitable dog, and we will provide you with as much information about the dog as possible concerning their past history and habits. These are passed on to you in good faith, however, many of the statements will have been made by a previous owner and there is no guarantee of their reliability.
Following the initial telephone call, if all is acceptable to both you and us we will arrange for a volunteer to visit your home to complete a home visit; this is our opportunity to get to know you a little better. All members of your family should be present if possible.
Once we receive the home visit information we will call you to discuss the outcome of the visit and if this has been successful, you will be ready to have a foster dog placed with you. Please note, if we want to place a dog-friendly dog with you, you will need to visit twice with your own dog to ensure the dogs are compatible. If you are a pet-free home, we will make arrangements for the transportation of the dog (although we really appreciate it if you can help by collecting the dog or meeting the transporter part of the way).
If your home check is not acceptable we will discuss the decision with you and will allow you (a set period of time) to address the situation. If you are unable to address the issue we will, by mutual consent, cease the process. Senior Staffy Club reserves the right to decline applications; please do not take this personally, as a responsible rescue we pride ourselves on doing the best for our dogs.
Before the dog is placed in your care, all adults in the home will need to read, understand and sign the foster agreement form. At this stage we will set up a veterinary account in our name with a practice local to you and forward the dog’s veterinary history.
If you are happy to we will add you to our Fosterer Group page on Facebook, which is a special area for fosters to share info and advice on their foster dogs.
Please remember some dogs take longer to settle than others and please be patient, try to keep things quiet for a few days to allow them to get used to their new surroundings, don’t introduce your new dog to too many people too quickly, and be prepared for them to be unpredictable for a while. If you do have any issues or concerns please contact your foster buddy as soon as possible to enable us to support you.
Thank you for your interest in fostering for Senior Staffy Club, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us using our online general contact form. Thank you for considering our seniors for foster, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.