DogFoster Australia links to dog rescue groups who require volunteer foster carers.
Notice: A warning about GapNSW.com.au and GapNSW.org.au (different websites that may include some of the same hidden agenda).
The number of dogs that can enter foster care with a rescue group is limited by the number of volunteer homes available.
If you run a rescue group, please list your site, as there are thousands of people that visit this site each month with some perhaps from your local area.
What is Dog Rescue?
Below is a simplified example of the rescue process.
(Each shelter/ rescue group has different procedures and each state has different regulations.)
1) Dog enters pound.
2) Pound* sets date for dog to be put to sleep (it could be as quick as 1 week for unchipped dogs in NSW).
* some pounds don't have set dates. RSPCA shelters don't have set time limits. Some shelters have a policy of no euthanasia for healthy dogs.
3) During the week the dog can be reclaimed by the owner.
4) If the dog is not reclaimed after 1 week it is either (general speaking);
a) given extra time in the pound for someone to adopt or reclaim it (if resources are available),
b) transferred to a rescue group/foster carer, or
c) put to sleep.
If given to a rescue group the dog is put into foster care (or the rescue group may have/use dog boarding kennels/enclosures). The dog is desexed, vaccinated, given health care and potential new families can view the dog. If they like the dog, they adopt the dog.
Dog foster carers are people who rescue dogs from being put to sleep in animal shelters. They temporarily provide food, care, and shelter for the dog in their own home until a permanent home can be found.
Being a foster care provider takes time, dedication, and genuine caring. It can be a big commitment and it's not an activity for everyone. Yet the fulfilment and sense of purpose you receive in knowing that you helped one more dog find its way into a safe, happy home is most beneficial each time you successfully place a dog.
Australia has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in the world and dogs play an important part in family's and the community. There are a small number of people who (for any number reasons) let their dogs end up in animal shelters. These dogs do not deserve to be put to sleep, most of them are perfectly healthy and foster carers give them a second chance at living.