Southampton Rehoming Centre

Fostering - Dog and Puppy foster carer

Dog and Puppy Foster Carer

Would you like a pet but are not in a position to give long term commitment? Do you have the time to devote to cheering up an unhappy dog? Blue Cross is looking for committed people who can offer short term care to needy dogs and puppies in their own homes.


What you will be doing:

  • Caring for Blue Cross dogs and puppies in your own home until they can be rehomed
  • Dog that might be recuperating from operations, too young to rehome or cannot cope with kennel life
  • You may also offer to foster pregnant dogs or mums and litters
  • You will be providing all the care they need – feeding, exercising, cleaning, socialising, giving medication and grooming
  • Keep accurate records

What we are looking for:

  • Experience of handling and caring for dogs
  • You need to live within 1 hour of the centre and have use of suitable transport
  • A garden is beneficial if fostering dogs
  • Willingness to learn and follow Blue Cross procedures
  • Competent, flexible and self motivated
  • Home for all or part of the day

 Benefits to you:

  • You’ll be helping pets to have happy, healthy lives
  • Enjoy all the joys of pet ownership without long term commitment and cost
  • Gain practical skills, experience and a training programme
  • Develop skills and enhance your CV
  • Join a great team of like-minded people
  • Arrangements will be made for holidays
  • All equipment provided and costs covered


Time commitment: Flexible although ideally carers who can offer at least two consecutive weeks at a time

Qualifications Required

  • Age group Must be at least 18 and older
  • Do you live within 45 minutes travelling time of a Blue Cross rehoming centre or hospital? Must be at least Yes
  • Fostering induction Must be at least Completed
  • Induction training Must be at least Completed
  • Welcome to Blue Cross online induction Must be Completed