Dog Fostering

Dog Foster Carers


Although we do everything we can to make things as easy as possible for the dogs in our care, some of them find it very difficult to cope in our busy, noisy kennel environment and we use Volunteer Fosterers who provide a loving and calm environment for these dogs as we try to find their future home.


HAART – Dog Foster CARER

We’re always looking for some exceptional people to offer foster care to some of HAARTs dogs from all of our sites.  Our dogs sometimes require special attention if they need medical treatment, are feeling stressed in our kennels or we need to see how they get on in a home environment.  Our Foster Carers offer invaluable care whilst gaining skills, experience and an opportunity to give dogs the best opportunities to find new homes.

It takes a lot to be a Foster Carer, and we’re so appreciative of those who give up their time and commitment to help us. By helping one of Perth’s best loved animal rescue charities you will be playing a huge role in the lives of the dogs who come to us looking for their new home.

We are experiencing an increase in the number of dogs who require foster care, particularly bull breeds who really don’t enjoy a kennel environment.  This means that some dogs who are put out to Foster need to follow special programs as they settle into a home environment.

The benefits of being a Foster Carer

By being a Foster Carer you are contributing so much to the lives of the dogs in our care; in addition to the feelings of pride and fulfilment you will receive, we also offer:
    • Veterinary and behavioural support
    • The knowledge and an opportunity to help our dogs find new and loving homes
    • Advice on how to communicate the rehoming process and answer questions about HAART from others
    • Increased fitness levels through dog walking
    • All of the food, equipment and advice you need to take care of our dogs (depending on supplies of donated food)
    • Regular contact with our dedicated Foster Co-ordinator
    • The fact that you are helping save lives

What we look for in a Foster Carer

With a combined 30 years of experience under our belts, we know what it takes to make a great Foster Carer.  We ask every applicant to complete our Dog Fostering Application Form and we’ll only be able to take forward those who have answered all of our questions.

    • Experience and confidence with owning dogs
    • Living within 2 hours travelling distance from our approved vets, and prepared to travel regularly (preferably by car) to our approved vets, sometimes at short notice
    • An interest in training and following HAART’s behaviour advice
    • Prepared to follow HAART’s guidance, advice, programmes and regulations including house-training
    • Be willing to play a part in the rehoming process through providing regular updates, photographs and behaviour as well as being our ‘ambassadors’ in your local area when taking a foster dog out.
    • Have access to a PC and equipment for taking photos of the dog in your home environment
    • Have compassion and empathy for the dogs needs whilst accepting that our dogs won’t be with you permanently (unless you foster fail!)
    • Able to nurse a sick or injured dog back to health
    • A large dose of common sense to make judgement calls in certain circumstances

What’s Next?

If you are interested in applying to be a Foster Carer, please think carefully about the time and environment you have available and whether you feel able to offer temporary care to dogs who need it.  If you do feel able, please complete our application form as fully as possible – if suitable, we will contact you to arrange for a home check.  All new foster carers are required to have completed a home check and either paid for or provided a national police check.

Fill out our Dog Foster Carer Application Form

Please note that we receive large quantities of applications for volunteer positions and we ask that you fully complete our application form as we will be unable to process or respond to incomplete forms.

If you have any further questions, please email icare@haart.org.au