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Published July 20th 2014
Give a Dog a Home
Image courtesy of Dogs' Trust
If you have ever had a dog, then you know there is a high level of commitment that is required. There are a lot of things to consider. Can you afford a dog? Do you have the time to look after one? Do you have the space for one? You don't want to end up being one of those people who buy a dog with good intentions, but find our you can't cope, and then give it up or abandon it. After all, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.
While some dog owners plunge in without looking, and end up regretting it, there are others who are dedicated to their pets, but through no fault of their own, circumstances mean they unable to look after them.
Families fleeing domestic violence are usually unable to take pets with them into a refuge or temporary accommodation, and are unlikely to have any relatives in a position to look after their animals. That is why ten years ago, Dogs' Trust set up the Freedom Project. The project asks for volunteers to foster a dog while its owners try to build their lives back together. The project can give owners peace of mind that their pet is being well cared for, ensures a home for a dog in need, and bring companionship to those fostering.
If you are considering getting a dog, fostering is a greater way to 'test the water'. You must be over eighteen, have had previous experience with looking after dogs, and live in Greater London, the Home Counties, or Yorkshire.
Although the owners will be unable to visit, Dogs' Trust will pay regular visits to offer support. They also cover all ood expenses and veterinary bills. Breeds that are currently in need of fostering include German Shepherds, Collies, American Bulldogs, and Jack Russells . Dogs' Trust are also particularly looking for people who can look after Staffordshire Bull Terriers and other large, strong breeds.