PAWS  Foster Carer Information



If you need help to decide whether or not you should become a foster carer, please read these poems featured in our Poems section.

 

DO I GO HOME TODAY?

 

STRAY'S PLEA

 

RESCUE ME

 

THE CIRCLE

 

OLDER DOGS

  A PET'S PRAYER
 

PRAYER OF A STRAY

  HOW COULD YOU?

(There is a musical background to the poems if you view with Internet Explorer)   


 

HELP US SAVE THESE ANIMALS BY BECOMING A FOSTER CARER

We are looking for genuine animal lovers to look after a Death Row dog in their own home until it is adopted. Unfortunately PAWS is no longer able to rescue cats or kittens.

Fostering is a great way to help a Pound dog if you are unable to permanently adopt one. If we didn't have foster carers we couldn't save these dogs as we would have no where for them to go and so they may be killed. When you foster a dog normally they will have been desexed, microchipped, C5 vaccinated, heartworm tested and wormed. Then they are bathed, flea treated and given heartworm prevention medication before going into foster care.

Please note all our PAWS rescued dogs are fostered in NSW, Australia and for logistical reasons we can only accept foster carers that live in the Sydney metropolitan area and preferably from the Hills District where our rescuers are located. If you live in the inner city or further south then we may forward your form to another reputable rescue group who are always in need of carers. We suggest that anyone in the west of Sydney contact either the RSPCA at Yagoona or the Animal Welfare League at Kemps Creek instead.

At PAWS we are not donated any medical products so when we rescue a dog from the Pound our rescuers have to pay all costs. We ask that if a fostered dog gets sick or injured they must be taken to one of our rescue vets as they are very good to us and will not charge huge fees. This means PAWS rescuer needs to be notified before treatment is commenced. If it is an extreme emergency and the dog has to be taken to the nearest vet, we would expect that the foster carer contact us as soon as possible as we need to authorise any treatment other than what is initially necessary to stabilise the fostered dog.

If the dog is in your care for longer than one month then we ask that you keep them on flea treatment, an allwormer and heartworm prevention but otherwise you just need to feed your foster dog and love them as if they were your own pet!

You may want to check the following before you complete the form:
 

  If you are renting or in a villa or townhouse does the landlord or body corporate allow dogs?
 

  Do you need to consult with family members or housemates?
 

  Will your fences need to be repaired to make your yard secure for a dog? 
 

  Are your your own dog's vaccinations up to date?
(If not, we recommend that your pet have a C5 vaccination (which includes kennel cough) before you foster a dog.)
 

Your application indicates an interest in fostering only, not an obligation, and one of our PAWS rescuers will be in touch as soon as possible to provide more information.

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