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Dogs Trust offers free dog-minding service for frontline workers

by Shayna Sappington
16th Apr 2020

Dogs Trust provides essential workers with free dog-fostering service and encourages others to become a doggie foster parent

Since the stay-at-home order, animal shelters have seen a major increase in the number of households fostering pets.

It is great to see that so many people are helping animals in need during this unsettling time.

However, our frontline heroes must continue to put themselves at risk for their fellow citizens, and their increased hours could affect the time they have to look after their pets.

So, Dogs Trust is offering a dog-minding service, free of charge, to all essential workers who have had to take on long hours during this pandemic.

How it works

To utilise this service, you can sign up on their website to obtain a Dogs Trust Frontline Foster Care card. After which, the foundation reaches out to discuss the details and start the foster process.

Dogs Trust staff then collect your dog, transport it to their Rehoming Centre, following specific hygiene protocols, and later deliver the pup to its suitable foster family.

Because pets take a while to adjust to a new environment, dogs are required to stay a minimum of two weeks with their foster family for this service.

After that period, owners’ dogs can be returned to them or the service can be extended longer if needed. 

Dogs Trust has made it clear that they will try their best to match dogs with the most suitable foster families, taking into account the pets’ needs and routine at home.

For more details about this newly extended service, see their FAQ page

Fostering a dog

There is always a need for fostering pets and if this is something you are interested in, you can apply through Dogs Trust

Along with the application, you must include photos of your garden/balcony area (if you have one), and the room indoors where the dog would be sleeping. 

Once everything is submitted, they will try their best to match a dog in need to your household.

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