Volunteer Dog Foster Carer Why we need you? To assist us in the day-to-day care of a dog, by providing a temporary, safe, caring and loving home for those that for whatever reason, will manage best by being cared for away from the kennel environment. To deliver each dog’s individual care plans and give them the opportunity to recover, relax, have a cuddle, walk, play and experience a home environment. What skills and attributes do I need? You will need to be adaptable and prepared to be flexible, in order to care for a foster dog. Patience, commitment and affection are required in order to provide the dog with a safe, secure and stable environment in which to live and possibly recover. You must have the mental capacity and resilience to cope with a foster dog, as sometimes this role can be challenging. Support will always be available, but you should be aware that lone working can be stressful. Experience of dog ownership is essential. You must be prepared to share your time, your home and where other pets are involved, take the time to let them get to know one another. A secure, safe, fenced outdoor space is ideal. If you do not have that, an area to take the dog regularly to toilet is essential. Depending on the requirements of the dog, you must be prepared to exercise the dog according to the recommendations of the centre. We always try to fit the right dog to your circumstances. You should be polite and courteous at all times. You will enjoy talking to people and building rapport. Have the ability to get along with people and work as part of a team. A friendly and helpful manner. You must be able to maintain confidentiality. A commitment to our core principles and procedures (which will be explained to you.) Ideally you have your own transport, or access to transport, as from a safety point of view you may need to get the dog to a vet in an emergency. It would be helpful if you live within a 20-mile radius of the rescue centre. If you live further away please contact us as you may still be able to foster for us. If you are not local to the centre it may still be possible for you to foster, as we would do an assessment about what dogs are suitable to your individual circumstances. We will consider all applications. How much time do I need to commit? Having a foster dog will require your full commitment. What support will I be given? You will go through a full induction to the role and a skills check We will provide you with continuous support and guidance along with a telephone number where you can get advice in an emergency What benefits can I expect? The opportunity to enhance your CV. The opportunity to develop, learn new skills or build on existing ones. The opportunity of caring for a variety of dogs and dealing with their needs. The opportunity to mix with new people. The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a vital difference to our most vulnerable dogs. All equipment and food will be provided and your expenses will be reimbursed in line with our Volunteer Expenses Policy. How do I apply? Download and complete our volunteer application form and email it to our Volunteer Development Officer at [email protected] Alternatively, you can contact your local Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre for more information.