Questions & answers for pet foster carers

Here are some frequently asked questions that our pet foster carers have. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Q: Who can foster?

A: You can foster a pet 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. We will try to foster the full range of pets that victims/survivors may have, so whatever animal you can care for we would love here from you.

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: You will have access to a dedicated support team who will answer your queries and be on hand to offer help and support when needed. We will make sure that you have everything you need to care for pets.

Q: What if my foster pet is unwell?

A: All pets will receive a health check at the start of their foster placement and ongoing vet treatment as needed. This will be paid for by Refuge4Pets. If a pet develops a serious health condition while in a foster placement we will work with the owner and veterinarians to decide the best course of action.

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.