Stay-at-home foster carers in and around Sheffield

For this role we need foster carers who are at home during the day. In this role the foster carer will be providing care for dogs who a specific period are unable to go to our training centre each day to start or continue their training. This is often because the dog needs a longer settling in period before starting training or is recovering following medical treatment or a vaccination.

Due to the on-going Covid-19 situation we have suspended the recruitment of our stay at home 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.

What we look for in our foster carers

We are looking for volunteers who:

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

Families with children are welcome, but there must be no children under two years of age living in the household.

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 here 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.