Have you considered becoming a foster carer?
Where would you rather be if you’d just been rescued…..in a caring home environment, or a kennel or cage? The answer is a no-brainer for us at ROAR so we need all kinds of foster environments for our rescued animals while we find them the perfect new home.
Please read through the FAQs below and have a look at the foster carer application form. We’d love to hear from you.
Our online application form is coming very soon. In the interim please use the link to email us and we’ll send a form to you.
We have many years experience between us working in the animal rescue and welfare sector. What this has shown us is that the vast majority of animals are happier, healthier and ready for adoption much sooner than if they are housed in kennels or cages. As our focus at ROAR is on animals with special needs, the environment they are in while receiving treatment, undergoing rehabilitation, or just waiting for their perfect new home to be found, is critical.
It IS serious – we take the selection of foster homes for our rescues very seriously because it’s important to match the needs of the animal with the abilities and environment of the foster care home. BUT no you don’t have to be a trainer!
Our rescues are many and varied and so are their needs. We have animals requiring little more than a caring home environment for a few days to a few weeks, animals needing some basic training and/or socialisation, right up to animals with extensive rehabilitation needs either medical or behavioural. Some animals need a quiet space with just a human or two, others may crave the company of another animal.
In short: in rescue and foster care one size definitely does not fit all!!
Absolutely!! As some of our rescues come from situations that have caused them trauma (either physical or emotional or both) we sometimes need a foster home with no other pets.
No, it isn’t, though dogs and cats make up the greatest number of our rescues. We also rescue, rehabilitate and rehome farm animals and would love to hear from you if you have room for a foster horse, pony, goat, sheep, cow or pig (or two, or more).
Quite possibly……but it will be a very happy kind of sad because they’ll be heading off to a fabulous new life! Saying goodbye to a foster animal, knowing that it’s going to a begin a wonderful new chapter in its life, is an incredibly rewarding and satisfying feeling.
Besides….there’s always “foster failure syndrome”!!!
Foster failure is one of those terms that means the exact opposite to how it sounds. A foster failure is a big success in our eyes because it describes what happens when that one in a million foster animal fits easily into your home and slips quickly into your heart…to the point where you call us and ask for an adoption form
It sure can be. We match the needs of our rescues with the best fit foster home. Some may need room to run and play, others may benefit from the company of people more than running around, others may need to be in a restricted space (while convalescing for example). Every animal is assessed carefully either before or on arrival at ROAR, so that we can match the right animal with the right foster home. That’s why we ask so many questions on our Foster Carer Application Form. It’s also why we do a home visit before accepting new foster carers. The better we know your abilities, circumstances and limitations, the better we’ll be able match potential foster animals with you.
It certainly is. Because we carefully assess the needs of our rescues we would only place animals in foster care with you that suit your household. For example: if your dog isn’t so crazy about cats we wouldn’t ask you to foster any cats. If your cat can’t stand other cats but loves bossing dogs around…well guess what would suit your home!!
We take the comfort and safety of your pets very seriously as well. You know your own pets better than we do so all we ask is that you provide us with the best information possible so we can make the best informed decisions about potential placements.
We also offer 24/7 support to our foster carers and if a placement isn’t working for any reason we will always have a back up plan prepared.
All our approved foster carers receive an information pack with loads of handy hints as well as our contact details and the procedure for what to do in case of sickness or an accident. Each individual animal also comes with its own foster care agreement and information pack that includes:
- animal details
- rehabilitation plan
- medication plan
- dietary requirements
- special needs instructions
- contact details – ROAR
- contact details – veterinary
We are available to our foster carers by phone 24/7.