Announcing our new fostering model
ST FRANCIS DOGS HOME LAUNCHES NEW FOSTERING MODEL TO MAXIMISE CARE FOR DOGS IN THE LOCAL AREA
St Francis Dogs Home, a well-known and loved dog rehoming Charity located in Porth, Newquay, is launching its new fostering model, having already commissioned expert behaviourist and trainer support, as it continues to ensure the care and safety of dogs.
The fostering model, which is supported by recognised charities such as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Blue Cross and The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH), will see the Charity work with trained and experienced fosterers to look after, and rehabilitate, its rescue dogs in their home until they are ready for rehoming, through using dedicated experts and behaviourists. St Francis Dogs Home has sought help and advice from these leading charities as part of the research and due diligence when exploring all options for fostering.
The rescue sector has changed massively within the past two years due to the Coronavirus pandemic, creating a huge impact on dogs whether it’s through the lack of socialisation from the many lockdowns or behavioural issues, including separation anxiety, from having become used to owners working from home. The ADCH has recently reported that the number of dogs being abandoned is higher in 2022 than 2021 and 2020 with 70% of ADCH member rescues surveyed, reporting an influx of dogs with behavioural issues.
Fostering is a model that can ensure rehabilitation and support for dogs quickly and efficiently.
Michelle Barley, member of the Board of Trustees, comments: “After the pandemic, we are seeing more and more poorly socialised dogs coming to rescues. Housing them in homes offers so many advantages over kennels for dogs not yet well accustomed to domestic life. For example, it provides them with regular companionship which is an essential part of rehabilitation for emotionally traumatised dogs.
“The fostering route allows us to support each dog’s individual needs as we will be able to assess their true behaviour when placed in a domestic environment and in turn be able to find them the correct and best forever home.”
Michelle, who is a qualified Veterinary Nurse, will be leading the fostering strategy at St Francis Dogs Home which includes recruiting new fosterers, overseeing the support for the dogs including access to expert trainers, behaviourists and more.
Each fosterer will benefit from extensive training, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home approved documents and ongoing support including funding for all veterinary costs, quality dog food and on-site facilities.
Anthony Kinder, Chair of the Board of Trustees, comments: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the Charity as we look towards the future and ensure the best care for dogs in the local area.
“We will continue to recruit Trustees with expertise that will help shape our new fostering route and plans for the site moving forward.”