Become a foster carer

When it comes to foster animals, we do not discriminate against age, breed, or size and will work as a team to ensure that every animal who comes through our rescue has a happy ending in their very own forever home.

Before we can think about forever homes though, we need foster carers to provide temporary homes for these animals so they can learn who they are and how to trust again. We’re always on the lookout for new foster carers to provide temporary homes to pets prior to adoption.

Fostering is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless animals. We supply all food and supplies required also covering all of the animals’ medical expenses.  You only need to provide your home, attention, and patience to your foster animals.

If you would like to know more about fostering with Hope4Paws Animal Rescue, please download our Welcome Pack.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster carer, please fill out the foster application form or contact us for more information at 


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I foster them?

This will depend on many variables such as age, health and temperament. Some of the animals we rescue come to us very timid and scared and in need of help to build their confidence. Foster carers give these rescue animals an opportunity to learn and trust again.

During the foster period, you will have access to support from us and other foster carers through our social media pages and a dedicated support person to contact any time, including urgent contacts for emergencies.

Who pays for the foster dog’s vet bills?

We will pay for all necessary vet work while the dog is in foster care, including de-sexing, microchipping, vaccination, heartworm testing, and any other vet work. We also supply flea, tick and any other treatments as required.

Who pays for food and bedding?

We supply food, provide bedding, toys, leads and other supplies as required, for all animals in the foster care program.

I want to foster a rescue dog – what do you need from me?

  • A secure space where the dog can hang out and play (it doesn’t have to be a big yard, as long as the dog can go to the toilet and have a sniff or somewhere to relax)
  • Provide the dog with access to both inside and outside – we’d prefer the dog to sleep inside. There are some cases where the dog is an outside dog and doesn’t like sleeping inside, but they are rare.
  • A form of transport, to be able to take the dog to the vet (all expenses paid by the rescue including bedding, toys and food)
  • Walk the dog and provide exercise
  • Integrate the dog into the family as if it was your own
  • Look after the rescue dog until it gets adopted
  • Love the dog and give it attention/companionship
  • Families, couples or singles – anyone can apply.

Our contacts at council shelters are looking for foster carers to rescue dogs and provide them with a temporary loving home until they find their forever home.

If you can provide the requirements in the list above, we want to hear from you! Apply to become a foster carer and start saving the lives of rescue pets.


We maintain strict protocols to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and animals, which is priority as we progress to a COVID-normal. In line with government guidelines, we are taking the necessary precautions with safety front of mind. We are committed to the highest standards of health and safety for our volunteers, foster carers, staff, adopters, and the general public.