Newport Rehoming and Advice Unit

Foster Carer

Volunteer Foster Carer Newport

 Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross for help since 1897. Each year, thousands of dogs, cats, small pets and horses turn to the charity’s animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and support. Our pet foster carers provide short term care to our pets whilst we find them their forever homes.

Our Foster Carers provide support and a peaceful, calming setting for pets away from the busy Rehoming Centre.

We would love you to join us and help us help more pets in need


You’ll learn new skills and gain valuable practical experience for your CV.


Fostering is a flexible process, but you will need to commit to a long enough period for pets to settle in a new environment.


The role of a Foster Carer

Tasks include:


  • Caring for Blue Cross pets in your own home until they can be rehomed
  • Monitoring and caring for pets that might be recuperating from operations, too young to rehome or cannot cope with kennel life
  • Fostering pregnant females or mums and litters
  • Providing all the care they need – feeding, exercising, cleaning, socialising, giving medication and grooming
  • Keeping accurate records

Flexible Foster Carer Options:

  • We offer flexible fostering to accommodate the varying needs of people and pets
  • Short term fostering until a pet finds their new home – this can be from a few days to a few weeks, or in some cases a few months - or for a specified period of time based on your availability
  • Evening fostering (dogs only) – the pet comes to the centre during the day and stays with you in the evenings, great if you work during the day but would like to help a pet in need. Pick up and drop off between the hours of 8.30 – 17.00.
  • Dogs, cats and small pets are all in need of foster home.

To be a Foster Carer

You will need:

  • Experience of handling and caring for pets
  • You need to live within 45 minutes of the centre and have use of suitable transport
  • A spare room if fostering cats, a garden is beneficial if fostering dogs
  • You will need to be at home most of the time to care for the pet and to be available at short notice
  • Preferably no other pets
  • Competent, flexible and self motivated
  • Willingness to learn and follow Blue Cross procedures
  • Minimum age requirement: 18 years

Why volunteer?

  • You’ll be helping pets to have happy, healthy lives
  • You’ll be able to enjoy caring for pets without a long term commitment
  • You’ll gain practical skills, experience and a training programme
  • You’ll develop skills and enhance your CV
  • You’ll join a great team of like-minded people
  • You’ll be provided with all the equipment needed and costs covered


We would love you to join us and help us help more pets in need. If you have any questions then you can email us on or give us a call on 0300 777 1590.


We would love to hear from you.