Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the recruitment of volunteers, we are still keen to hear from families with younger children, who also have experience with caring for a dog. A lot of our dogs in training are working towards helping a child with autism, so we really need them to live with families with young children to get used to all that this involves.

Family Foster Carers - Bed and Breakfast 

This role is an ideal solution to someone who would like a pet dog but due to their own work commitments cannot take on the full responsibility of ownership. The Bed and Breakfast foster care involves looking after our dogs in training at evenings and weekends – the dogs come into 'school’ Monday to Friday 9.00 – 5.00.

This role also allows the foster carer to take their regular holidays. We will arrange alternative temporary foster cares for the dog whilst the usual foster carer goes on holiday or has other commitments.

What we look for in our foster carers

We are looking for volunteers who:

  1. Live close to our training centre in Sheffield (ideally within a 30min drive if can't pick-up or drop-off the dog at the centre)
  2. Enjoy the company of dogs, and are able care for their well-being
  3. Have children in the home who are ages between 2 and 12 years of age.
  4. Ideally, have previous experience with dogs
  5. Are able to provide adequate exercise as discussed with trainer.
  6. Are able and willing to get the dog to a vet in a case of emergency
  7. Have an fully enclosed garden
  8. Agree to ensure the dog follows the diet as specifically advised by the trainer.
  9. Understand the importance of informing our trainers of any changes or concerns with behaviour and health no matter how small.                                                        
  10. Are able to attend occasional foster carer training sessions.
  11. Offer a loving, safe and fun environment for our dogs
  12. Are able to drop off and pick up the dog from the training centre in Sheffield or be able to leave a key with the training team to pick up and drop off at your home.
  13. We are unable to accept applicants who have their own pet dog. Other pets such as cats are welcome and will be assessed on an individual basis 
  14. If you are on the waiting list for any of our programmes for an assistance dog, unfortunately we are unable to accept applications to become a foster carer


How to apply to be a volunteer foster carer

Click here to apply and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.