Dogs Trust Shrewsbury celebrates 100th dog to be fostered!24-May-2017
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Staff at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury are celebrating after finding foster homes for 100 dogs who have found themselves homeless and looking for new loving families. The Home from Home scheme which was launched at the Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre two years ago this month, focuses on finding foster homes for some of the thousands of dogs that are looked after by Dogs Trust every year but find kennel life difficult, from the very young to the very old. And taking the accolade of the 100th dog to be fostered through the scheme in Shrewsbury is a Crossbreed puppy Glenys, who was sadly part of an unwanted litter. Vickie Plant, Co-ordinator of the fostering scheme at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, said: "Home from Home means some of our dogs who have found themselves homeless can continue to enjoy everything life as part of a loving family has to offer, whilst they wait for their forever home. "It also means that we can care for more dogs as every dog in foster care frees up a kennel for another dog who is in need." Pup Glenys was fostered by Anita and Charlie Jackson of Knighton who decided to become foster carers after their dog sadly died. Anita says: "We originally decided to foster to find out more about different breeds so we were more informed when we chose our next dog. But we have enjoyed fostering so much we haven't got round to getting a dog of our own! "It is wonderful knowing that you are helping a dog who had been separated from everything they've ever known, which is such an ordeal for them. "We have had the pleasure of fostering Lurchers, Terriers and a gorgrous eight-year-old Basset Hound who hated being left on her own. She was with us for six months, but Glenys was with us for just a week! It is so rewarding and when they find their special someone it's fantastic to know that you have helped them on their way to their perfect forever family." A survery carried out by Dogs Trust* revealed that nearly 40% of non-dog owners polled in the region said they may consider temporarily fostering a dog and Vickie says they are always in need of more foster carers - they currently have 16 foster families ready and waiting to look after dogs of all ages and sizes, from new-born pups to Old Age Pooches who are looking for somewhere to rest their paws. She says: "For anyone who is a dog lover who wants a four-legged friend in their life but can't have their own dog, fostering could be the ideal solution! "Dogs Trust covers all fees and foster carers can go on to adopt their foster dog permanently if they wish, which does often happen as they fall in love with them! It is really rewarding and is a fantastic way to help us do as much as we possibly can for dogs in the region that have found themselves without a home." To find out more go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/fostering
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