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What's the difference between adopting and fostering a dog?

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Adopting a dog means you are taking on a dog for the rest of its life and being the dogs forever home.  You will need to cover all medical and other costs which arise throughout the dog’s life and cater to the dogs needs. 

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You can't buy love,

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but you can...

Should I foster a dog?

If you're considering becoming a foster parent for a rescue dog, it's essential to carefully evaluate whether fostering is the right fit for you and your lifestyle. Ask yourself the following questions:

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Do I Have the Time?

  • Am I able to dedicate time each day to caring for and interacting with a foster dog?

  • Can I commit to attending training sessions and veterinary appointments  as needed?

If you've answered "yes" to all the above questions, then you should definitely consider fostering a rescue dog! Fostering can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience that not only saves lives but also brings joy, companionship, and love into your home. By opening your heart and home to a foster dog, you have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the life of an animal in need. So, are you ready to embark on this incredible journey of compassion and kindness?

Adopting a Dog with Jersey Rescue Dogs

If you're considering adopting a dog with us, here is some important information we would like you to read first.  

The information is also available as a handy download, just click on the PDF icon below.

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Offering a home to a dog is a decision which should not be taken lightly. Any dog, rescue or not requires dedication, time, patience and love.   Prospective owners should be committed to working with their new family member to overcome any hurdles or issues which may crop up.


The majority of our rescues have a period of time in foster care where we assess them in order to give prospective owners an honest insight. Some will have been assessed whilst in kennels. Either way a period of adjustment when the dog arrives must be expected. This might go smoothly or it might not, we cannot say, but all we ask is 100% commitment on your part to make this work.

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In most cases dogs will be only be homed where:

  • There is someone around for part of the day or you are able to afford the cost of a dog walker.

  • There is a totally secure garden with a 4 or 5ft minimum fencing/wall height (which is already in place). Please note: We do have dogs suitable to home to properties without gardens (eg flats), but you should consider how toilet trips will work.  

  • There are no cats (unless cat friendly stated).

  • Children are over 5 years old (unless the dogs have already lived with young children)

Things to Consider:

  • Having a dog requires time and patience.

  • Have you considered the costs involved i.e. vet bills and pet insurance?  We are seeing pet insurance increase substantially.  If you haven't owned a dog for a few years or your are looking for your first dog, please look at pet insurance prices -  £100-150 a month is quite normal now for a life time cover. 

  • Would your lifestyle and routine suit a dog - a dog should not be left for more than 4 hours at a time.

  • A dog most likely will require some training.

  • Different breeds/ages of dog will require different exercise.

  • Your home - are all family members happy to adopt and care for a dog? Is there a quiet area for the dog to relax? How will existing pets cope?​

JRD - Our Priorities
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JRD - Our Priorities


Our priority is the well being of the dog and we base our decisions on what is best for the dog.


Jersey Rescue Dogs reserve the right to inspect a dog if there is a cause for concern once adopted and if necessary, have the dog return to our care.


Adoption donations are non-refundable.


The Adoption Process

Fill out our application form providing us with as much detail as possible including the name of the dog you are interested in. Or send us a general application with details of what personality / age / any breeds you would consider. ​


Step One

Please be aware that the adoption donations rarely cover the cost of rescuing the dog - with transport costs, vet bills and general care for the dog needed the actual cost is often much more.  Our average cost per dog is presently around £1000.  If you are able to, please consider an additional donation so we can continue to help rescue dogs for more families.  


The charity will always be there to support you and the dog and we do ask to remain in touch.

The Adoption Process

An Adopter's Responsibilities

  • To give the dog the loving and safe home they deserve.

  • Only to let the dog off the lead when in a safe environment when it has a solid recall but never to be off lead on the road.

  • To not breed or use the dog for any purposes of financial gain.

  • To keep the dog indoors as a family pet.

  • To keep the dog in a sound and healthy condition, ensure veterinary treatment is given when necessary.

  • The adopter is responsible for pet insurance (recommended) and any veterinary costs incurred.

  • To not have the dog euthanised unless recommended by a veterinary surgeon.

  • If you are unable to care for the dog or the dog needs to be re-homed, they must be returned to the charity.

  • To notify the charity of any serious medical issues that arise and if the dogs become lost or stolen.

  • The dog always wears a collar with an identity disc, and you have applied for the relevant licence in the jurisdiction you live in.

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An Adopter's Responsibilities
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