Fostering a hound is probably the best way you can support GAL and directly help the dogs. We're always in need of foster homes because our fosterers have a habit of joining the FFC (Failed Fosterers' Club - they end up falling for their foster hound and adopt them).
Fostering a dog is much like fostering a child - you invite them into your life, your home, and treat them like they were your own. You make allowances for them - many of our foster dogs will never have seen the inside of a house - so if they get spooked by the hoover, get stuck at the top of the stairs or have an accident in the house (we're talking about dogs now, not children), you help them work through it and prepare them for life in a forever home. There may be tough times, but there will be great times too - the rewards are amazing.
People have a lot of questions about how fostering works, so we'll try to answer them here, but if you'd like to know more please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Does GAL pay for food and vet charges?
Yes. Financial concerns are no barrier to becoming a fosterer. GAL will cover any expenses required.
Can I foster if I live in a flat?
Yes. GAL homes dogs to all sorts of accomodation and fosterers are no different. Living up four flights of stairs may prevent you from fostering a dog who is unsteady on his feet, but the majority of our hounds are young and fit.
Can I foster if I work full time?
Yes. Your work routine may affect what dog you foster but it is not a barrier to fostering altogether.
Will GAL help me if I'm having problems?
Yes. You will be paired up with a "Foster Buddy" - a member of the Committee or an experienced fosterer - who will be in regular contact with you to see how you're getting on. You can contact them directly if you have any concerns or questions.
How long will the dog stay with me?
This depends on the dog and the applications we receive to adopt, but generally, a dog remains in foster between two and six weeks. You should keep in mind that it may be longer if the applications GAL receives simply don't match up with your foster hound.
Am I expected to do anything else?
Not expected, but asked. Our hounds have a better chance of being homed if people get to meet them, so we ask all of our fosterers to try to make it along to as many events as possible (or allow a volunteer to take the dog along on your behalf if you're unavailable).
Is there anything else I should know?
Yes, have a read through our "About Hounds" section (you can get to it by hovering the mouse over the "Home" button at the top of this page).
A home check will be arranged once you've applied to foster so the volunteer will fill you in on details about muzzles and raised feeders, and anything else you'll need to know. We will also provide you with detailed guidelines on what and how to do things and will be at the end of a telephone if you have any questions.
Fostering saves lives
The more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can bring into GAL's care. It's as simple as that.
If you're ready to take the next step, please fill in an application form by following the red button. If you have more questions, please use the form below to get in touch.