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    How you can help with Fostering

    Fostering

    If you would like to help with fostering please keep an eye on this section for requests in your area.
    http://www.animallifelineuk.org/foru...p?41-Fostering

    To offer simply write a post stating how you can help on the thread you're interested in.

    Fosterer's are a fantastic lifeline and allow rescues to help more animals, and place those in urgent need of a home environment in suitable accommodation. Again, this is incredibly rewarding work so if you do have time to give and a space in your home please consider helping to take on a foster animal.


    Please also read RULES REGARDING FOSTERING found here
    http://www.animallifelineuk.org/foru...DING-FOSTERING

    Also please read this before offering to foster any animal
    http://www.animallifelineuk.org/foru...er-any-animals
    Kelly-joy Sargent Part of The Animal Lifeline UK Team
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    Re: How you can help with Fostering

    Animal Lifeline UK Fostering Explained

    ALUK DO NOT pass or fail people when they have been home checked. When someone comes to us interested in fostering we first get them to fill in a template of questions about themselves, any pets they have and their home life etc. We then try to arrange a home check with an experienced home checker to home check that persons home. The home checker then sends us a report of the home check and their thoughts and feelings about the home check. I then put this report into a file and print one out and put in a folder so we have a hard copy as well. We then ask permission from the person that is home checked if we can pass on their home check report on to any rescues interested in using them as a fosterer for their animals, we do this by asking the person to send me a quick email saying they give their permission and then I keep a copy of that as well.
    Once all that is in place the person is put on a list in the rescue chat section where only rescues can see and then they can ask to see a copy of your home check report at any time, it is then up to the rescue to read the report and decide if they think the person is a suitable fosterer or not NOT ALUK. We have done it this way as we have found different rescues require different things from their fosterer's so just because you fail for one rescue, doesn't mean you will fail for all.
    I must also make it clear that although most rescues on here are happy to use our reports to decide on whether to use the person as a fosterer or not , there are some that will require you to have another home check with a volunteer for their rescue, so you may have to have another home check.
    I hope that has explained everything better but if you have any other questions do feel
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    Kelly-joy Sargent Part of The Animal Lifeline UK Team
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    Re: How you can help with Fostering

    Due to a few recent incidents with fosterer's we feel it is important to stress some of the things that are required of fosterer's when they take on an animal.

    When you offer to foster an animal please be honest about your circumstances and needs. Be honest with yourself about what you can cope with and don't be afraid to say no if you don't think you could manage.

    Please remember that these animals can come with baggage, they may not always be house broken, fully trained and can come to you with problems.They may well mess and break things in your house, They may well hide under the cupboard for days, or stick to you like glue, if you can't cope with these things please do not apply to foster. The rescue will give you a full breakdown of the animals behaviour and its needs before sending you,but please be aware that rescues can only go by what the the old owners says and their assessments of the animal.Sometimes the animal may act completely different in your home e.g a fully house trained animal may mess because they are stressed by being in a new home,or a friendly out going animal can become shy and hide from you. After the rescue has spoken to you about an animal please think carefully whether you could cope with this animal in your home.If you feel you couldn't cope with that animal do not be afraid to say no, we and rescues would rather you said no and we kept looking than to have to confuse that animal by bringing it back out again to go to another home. Remember by the time the animal gets to you it's had at least 2 homes - where it was bred, it's old owner and now it's on it's third - YOU!.even more sadly that animal could be on its 3rd,4th,5th or more home so please think carefully before offering to foster that animal and be prepared to keep that animal for however long it takes for that animal to get a new home,whether that be a few days,weeks or months.

    Also please be aware that rescues can't just pick the animal back up at a moments notice if there are problems so before offering to take on an animal ensure that you are able keep that animal until the rescue can find another fosterer and transport to that fosterer.
    This site has been brilliant in finding foster homes for animals in need but the downside of this is that due to the animals going all around the country we and rescues can not take the animals off you with a few hours notice and you may need to keep them separate from your animals for a couple of days while a transport run is arranged.

    If you have problems with a particular animal speak to the rescue, ask us all for advice, there is loads of information out there and we will all do our best to help you solve any problems to save the animal being moved again, but you must be willing to work with us and take the advice on board and put it into practice.

    fostering is a wonderful experience and watching these sometimes nervous animals blossom into loving and re home-able pets is the best part of fostering,yes its hard when they leave you but there is nothing better than the updates of a happily settled animal in its new home.

    So if you have the time,patience and understanding to foster a animal please do so. There are so many animals sitting in cages in rescues just waiting for someone to show them what it is like to be loved as a family pet are you fully prepared to help them?

    for offering your help and for reading this.

    The Animal Lifeline UK Team:)
    Kelly-joy Sargent Part of The Animal Lifeline UK Team
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