Foster families needed for dogs at Algarkirk rescue centre

Jerry Green Dog Rescue is looking for families to get involved in their fostering scheme, to take care of dogs like Buster. ANL-160104-120916001

Jerry Green Dog Rescue is looking for families to get involved in their fostering scheme, to take care of dogs like Buster. ANL-160104-120916001

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Could you provide a temporary home for a dog in need? Then Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Algarkirk wants to hear from you.

Throughout the year Jerry Green works with a band of dedicated foster families to provide temporary support to rescue dogs who find the kennel situation stressful or are in need of a little extra care.

Animal welfare is the top priority for the charity and when the team spots a dog struggling they put the call out to the foster carers on their books.

But now, the charity is looking for more families to get involved in the fostering scheme, to help spread the load at busy times of the year.

Jenny Harris, fundraiser at Jerry Green, said: “Older dogs coming into the centre from a stable home environment owing to a change in circumstances can find the move incredibly stressful.

“Surrounded by unfamiliar dogs and people, they can find kennel space unsettling, which can contribute to a sharp decline in their health.”

Fortunately, the dog welfare team carefully monitors new arrivals and won’t hesitate to contact foster families if they need to.

Jerry Green works closely with all of its foster families to provide guidance and to arrange meet and match dates with potential adopters, so the search for a forever home can continue while the dog is in a home environment.

Jenny added: “Fostering also provides an opportunity for people who are unsure if their lifestyle is suited to having a dog full time to test-drive caring for a dog for a short period of time.

“We have had instances in the past where fosterers have fallen in love with the dogs they’re taking care of, and when the time comes to hand them back, they decide to permanently adopt instead.”

If you would like to sign up to help the charity as a fosterer, contact the centre by calling 01205 260546.

For more information about Jerry Green Dog Rescue or the dogs currently looking for a forever home, visit the website: www.jerrygreendogs.org.uk

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