Fostering means giving a temporary home from home to animal in need. Foster carers
take responsibility for care, exercise, feeding and safety – just as they would with
their own pet.
Fostering is not a responsibility to be taken lightly, even when it is only a temporary
commitment. Pets can take time to settle; we have to remember they have undergone
a huge change in their lives.
There is always a period of adjustment to be expected but caring for animals brings
its own rewards, giving pleasure to those who volunteer. As to be expected, the hardest
part of fostering is the day the pet leaves your care. However it does help to remind
yourself that you are providing invaluable care and there will be another pet needing
There are two fostering opportunities available, one with Pet Fostering Service Scotland
where pets are returned to their original owner. The second is as a rehoming foster
carer with The Blue Cross, where you will not only care for foster pets but also
help to find them new permanent homes. You can volunteer for either or both opportunities!
Issues to consider:
Do you work fulltime?
This does not mean that you cannot foster but you must consider how much time you
have to devote to a foster pet. Remember foster pets take time to settle in.
Do you have other pets / children?
How will they feel about foster pets coming into the house?
What size is your property / garden?
Do you have space for a foster pet? If fostering dogs, is your garden secure?
Do you own your own property?
If you rent, you will need to check your lease agreement to see if you are allowed