COULD YOU BE A FOSTER CARER?
P.E.P.A. is urgently looking for Foster Carers for their dogs and puppies
We are looking for kindly people who, for one reason or another, may not have a dog of their own, nor wish the responsibility of owning a pet on a long term basis, but who may enjoy the pleasure of caring for a dog or puppy for a short while, happy in the knowledge that a home will be found and that the pet they are caring for is safe and sound until that day arrives.
You may well ask, what about abandoned animals going to a sanctuary - why can't they look after them? Well, of course, the sanctuaries are only too willing to help whenever they can, but usually they are overloaded. Unfortunately, though, we have found, from personal experience, that many of them will not take in animals that are abandoned outside of their areas.
P.E.P.A. doesn't worry where an animal is found. As far as P.E.P.A. is concerned every animal deserves a second chance, which is why we are looking for Foster Carers.
We have a perfect example of how rewarding ‘caring' can be. Take a look at our LOGO. These two pups were abandoned along with their mother when they were only one day old. We first heard about them from the two caring people, who had stumbled across the bundles whilst out walking, telephoned us asking if we could find them a home. After a few days the couple fell in love with the mother and decided to keep her, and we were able to put them in touch with a lady, who was looking for a puppy. This lady, with a six year old child, was delighted and, instead of one, promised to take both as soon as they were ready to leave their mother! Without these caring people it is more than likely that all three animals would now be dead!
So many animals need your love and care even on a temporary basis.
Many haven't had that special cuddle for a very long time –
Can you help? – Please think about it!
A few facts
1. Every foster carer is visited by a P.E.P.A volunteer who will discuss the ins and out of fostering and make a note of what sort of dog or puppy is preferred. We’ll give you a list of contact details of P.E.P.A. volunteers who will support you if you have any problems or queries.
We do ask that foster carers become a member of P.E.P.A. (i.e. €12 a year).
2. The role of a P.E.P.A. foster carer is to give a dog or puppy a temporary home - and to give it love, security and guidance in preparation for the big day when it is adopted.
3. It is difficult to assess the length of time your foster dog or puppy will be with you as it depends entirely on how long it takes to find a new home. It could be a few days, weeks or, in occasional cases, months. Obviously, we do everything we can to find a new home quickly by advertising in the newspapers and on this website.
4. Either before a dog or puppy goes to a foster home or soon after, we pay for a veterinary inspection. This usually just includes worming and vaccination, but it occasionally involves something more. However, whatever is necessary, P.E.P.A. will pay for all the medication. The dog or puppy would only be micro-chipped after adoption.
A few answers to some of your questions:
How long do I keep the dog or puppy?
This is difficult to assess as it depends on the time it takes to find a new home. It could be a few days, or it could be months. However, everything would be done to find a new home as quickly as possible.
Supposing I need to go away, or go on holiday?
Then we would call on another Foster Carer, or place the animal in a sanctuary where we would pay for its keep, until you returned.
Will I have to pay for the food and vet bills?
No P.E.P.A. will pay for all medical costs and also food bills if required.
Whenever possible all our foster dogs and puppies are examined by a qualified vet and given any necessary medication before being placed with a foster carer. It would be de-wormed, vaccinated and in some cases sterilized. In some cases we would ask the foster carer to take the dog or puppy to the vet for this initial treatment, but all costs would be met by P.E.P.A.
What if I don't have a garden, or need special sleeping quarters for an animal I am fostering?
We do our best to ensure that our foster dog or puppy would fit into your home and lifestyle. If required, we will provide you with a bed, dog bowls and, if necessary, any other equipment such as a portable kennel or cage where you could keep the animal in safety away from any other pets should the need arise.
If you would like to find out more please either.
- Telephone our helpdesk on 650 304 746 (10am – 5pm)
- or telephone Pat on 96 283 3325
- or click here to email us your details.
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THE P.E.P.A. DOG REHOMING TEAM
The P.E.P.A. Dog Re-homing Team is jointly run by Brenda Thompson, Rosemary MacDonald and Pat Taylor who also answer enquiries on the helpdesk telephone line along with the support of our helpdesk volunteers.
We always need more volunteers. If you’re interested in helping, please do contact us for more information. Thank you – and hope to hear from you!
Brenda Thompson enjoying the company of her 3 dogs
Rosemary's son Lewis and the family's 3 gorgeous dogs
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FOSTERS CARERS WHO HAVE HELPED SAVE THE LIVES OF SO MANY DOGS AND PUPPIES
Jeanette Hanratty with one of her foster dogs: Little Chico
Audrey with foster dog Zapatero
Enjoying all the home comforts at Jeanette and Billy’s house!
Pat Taylor and her extended family!