At Support Dogs, we do not use kennel facilities. We need our dogs to stay in a loving home environment throughout their training period. So our volunteer foster carers are absolutely vital for us to be able to provide this and continue our work.

Due to the on-going Covid-19 situation we have suspended the recruitment of Bed and Breakfast foster carers until Spring/Summer 2021. We are still taking enquiries and will put any applications on hold until we can resume the information sessions.

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.

Bed and Breakfast foster caring

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 
  2. Enjoy the company of dogs, and are able care for their well-being
  3. Are able to provide adequate exercise as discussed with trainer.
  4. Are able and willing to get the dog to a vet in a case of emergency
  5. Have an fully enclosed garden
  6. Agree to ensure the dog follows the diet as specifically advised by the trainer.
  7. Understand the importance of informing our trainers of any changes or concerns with behaviour and health no matter how small.                                                        
  8. Are able to attend occasional foster carer training sessions.
  9. Offer a loving, safe and fun environment for our dogs
  10. 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.
  11. Unfortunately we cannot consider homes with other pet dogs. We will however consider homes with cats or other pets. 
  12. 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

Support Dogs’ greatly appreciates all the offers of help.

As  a result of the current Covid-19 government movement restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to place any dogs with new foster carers until after these have been lifted.

However, if you are still interested in becoming a foster carer beyond the Covid-19 restrictions

Please click to register your interest.

A member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible, although as I am sure you can appreciate this might be slightly delayed due to the current situation.