Questions & answers for pet foster carers

Here are some frequently asked questions that our pet foster carers have:

Q: Who can foster?

A: You can foster an animal if you are over the age of 18, committed to caring for animals and if you can offer a safe, suitable and loving home to a pet for a short period of time.

Q: Why do we need pet foster carers?

A: Families and individuals escaping domestic violence and abuse are unable to access refuge or emergency accommodation with their pets.  In many cases this will stop people from leaving violent and abusive relationships as much loved pets are often the silent victims, abused themselves and used as part of the abuse. At Refuge4Pets we are passionate about people and animals and we are working to remove barriers so that victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse can get the support they need before being reunited with their pets. Our pet foster carers are at the heart of Refuge4Pets and for some individuals and families their support could save lives.

Q: What type of animals will need a foster home?

A: Dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles and small animals such as hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and so on. It is mostly dogs and cats that come into foster care and at the moment we particularly need foster homes for large breed dogs, multiple dogs, cats and pet free homes. We are always looking for experienced homes for horses and ponies too.

Q: How long is a foster placement?

A: It is difficult to give a definite time scale as a foster placement could be anything from one night of emergency care to six months and longer in some cases. The average foster placement is 6 months. We will always keep pet foster carers up to date with the latest information about pets and plans to reunite pets with their owners. Whatever length of foster placement you could offer we would like to hear from you.

Q: Who will support me?

A: We will be with you every step of the way and on hand for advice and support. We will visit you at least once a month and make sure that you have everything you need to care for foster pets.

Q: What if my foster pet is unwell?

A: If animals are unwell, or if we have concerns about their health/condition we will make sure that they get to one of the wonderful vet practices that we work with. We cover the cost of all veterinary treatment for animals in foster care. 

Q: Will I incur any expenses when fostering an animal?

A: All food, accessories, bedding and vet bills will be paid for by Refuge4Pets.  If you would like to contribute you can, although there is no expectation for you to do this.