Things to consider when fostering

  • Having a dog requires time and patience;

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

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

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

  • A foster could be long term i.e. more than 6 months or short term i.e. a week - what works for you?

Fostering Process

1) Either fill out our online application form providing us with as much detail as possible (where it asks for a dog's name please enter FOSTER) or send us an email with details about your home and lifestyle. 


2) We will process your application and contact you to let you know whether we will be taking your application further (please contact us if you have not heard back within 7 days);


3) Subject to a successful application form, we will arrange a home check with you to meet you and answer any queries you may have but to also see the environment the dog will live in;


4) Subject to a successful home check, we will then arrange for you to meet the dog we believe would fit with you;


5) If the initial meeting goes well, and the charity is happy to proceed, you will sign a foster agreement;


6) The charity will always be there to support you and the dog and will remain in touch.



Please note that:

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


  • We may not have a dog that needs fostering at the time you apply but will contact you when one requires a foster home;


  • Jersey Rescue Dogs will inspect a dog if there is a cause for concern once fostered;


  • Fosterers must be prepared for a dog to leave them a short notice.

Fosterers' Responsibilities 


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


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


  • Not to let the dog off the lead;


  • 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;


  • To not have the dog euthanized unless recommended by a veterinary surgeon;


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


  • To notify the charity of any medical issues that arise and if the dogs becomes lost or stolen;

Jersey Rescue Dogs is a member of the THE ASSOCIATION OF JERSEY CHARITIES No. 334.

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