Volunteer foster carers go the extra mile for dogs in need


Dogs Trust Bridgend is saying a big thank you to its volunteer doggy foster carers who have continued to go the extra mile for their four-legged friends in recent months.

This week (1-7 June) is Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Currently Dogs Trust Bridgend volunteers aren’t able to help out at the rehoming centre, but volunteer foster carers have been keeping busy doing their bit to help dogs most in need in these uncertain times.

Mandy Grant, Home from Home Co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Bridgend, says:

“Dogs that go into the loving homes of our foster carers are usually only there for a short time, revelling in their home comforts until they can find their forever homes.

“But because of the current situation, they have been there for a while longer than anticipated and we want to say a huge thank you to our dedicated foster carers who have continued to give them all the love and care they need.”

Dogs Trust’s fostering scheme, called Home from Home, was established at Dogs Trust Bridgend in 2015 There are 40 foster carers signed up to help provide temporary homes to dogs that come into the care of the rehoming centre but would benefit from continuing to enjoy home comforts until they find their forever family. There are currently 23 dogs in foster homes locally and two of those loving life are West Highland Terriers, Casey and Luna who are living with foster carer James Rowle.

James says:

“Fostering dogs is so rewarding and in particular I enjoy caring for a variety of different breeds who need a temporary home whilst they wait to be adopted. I’m now sharing my home with Casey and Luna who are an absolute delight, and have been great company for me whilst we’ve been in lockdown, but I’m really hoping they will find a forever home once normality resumes.”

Volunteers are a vital part of the team at Dogs Trust Bridgend but they aren’t currently able to help out on site with the usual tasks of everything from dog walking to cleaning kennels and laundry.

Mandy Grant, says:

“We can’t wait until we have our volunteers by our side at the rehoming centre once again and we know they are raring to go, but in the meantime we want to say thank you to all of them for their continued support, and to our foster carers who are doing such a fantastic job.”

Dogs Trust Bridgend has been overwhelmed recently with members of the dog-loving public offering to become foster carers. As a result, the centre has temporarily paused applications. If you would like to support Dogs Trust in other ways please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk