Foster parents for dogs

Please note:

Both our Midlands Centre and Southern Centre weekend foster parents lists are now full and will re-open in summer 2016. To become a longer term foster parent and to help look after our dogs during the day or on a full time basis, please enquire below.

When our amazing dogs begin their advanced training, they need a loving weekend foster home – can you help? This rewarding role plays an important part in contributing to a partnership. You’ll need to live close to one of our centres in West Sussex or Leicestershire so that you can pick up your dog on a Friday afternoon (between 4pm and 5pm), and bring it back on the Monday morning (between 8.30am and 9am).

Our dogs are about 14 months old when they begin advanced training. They have just left their puppy parents and are learning lots of new things so it’s important their weekends are all about relaxing! Ideally, this short-term foster parent role needs a commitment of 15 consecutive weekends. It is a big ask, but it makes a huge difference to our budding assistance dogs; a comfortable, loving and stable home environment is just what they need in order to rest and relax. You will also be keeping their social behaviour up to scratch by following our guidelines.

We also need temporary bed and breakfast for dogs

If you cannot make the 15-week commitment, could you offer occasional weekend or short-term fostering, or the odd weekday evening? We sometimes need cover for holidays, or occasionally, to provide a home environment for a dog to recuperate following veterinary treatment.

You need to:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • have a secure, dog-friendly garden – minimum fence height 4ft
  • have suitable transport to take the dog around
  • be willing to make a long-term commitment as a foster parent
  • have the stamina to manage an active dog

What you’ll need to do:

  • Follow your dog’s weekend plan
  • Attend two training sessions a year
  • Allow your dog time to relax
  • Follow the weekend instructions from your trainer

What’s in it for you:

  • You are playing a vital role in helping to transform the life of someone with a disability
  • You will have a really lovely dog for the weekend!
  • Regular helpers will meet a wonderful variety of dogs
  • All equipment will be provided – beds, bowls, toys and food – plus advice
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Our family loves having a Canine Partners dog to stay for the weekend. We like to feel that we are helping in a small but valuable way, with the process of seeing these special dogs through their training, thus enabling them to enrich the lives of their new partner. Seeing the dog we fostered with their partner at their graduation ceremony is a truly wonderful experience.

Val, a weekend foster parent

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Since 2007 we have fostered more than 75 dogs mostly at weekends while they are in advanced training prior to being partnered. Others have been with us for up to six months as and when required by the aftercare team. We have had all shapes, colours and sizes and have loved them all. We have always been dog owners but find, since our retirement from full time employment, that fostering for Canine Partners suits our lifestyle and we hope to continue working with the Charity to help place these wonderful dogs.

Pat and John Davidson, Foster Parents at our Southern Centre

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