FAQs

How can I help my foster dog find a new home

Once you foster dog arrives with you we will give a period of 2 weeks so you can get to know your foster dog. At that point we will ask you to provide short updates on email including new pictures of your foster dog. Updates can include things like how house training is going, new skills learned, likes & dislikes, can live with other dogs or cats, pictures of them enjoying new adventures etc.

What happens if my foster dog is sick ?

If at any time your foster dog becomes ill we would ask that you contact us immediately.  If the dog is very sick we will authorise you to take the dog to your own local vet and will ask the vet to invoice us directly for treatment, fosters are not responsible for any medical costs but all vet visits must be approved by the War Paws team in advance except in cases of extreme emergency (life, sight or limb).

Can I feed my foster dog a vegan or vegetarian diet?

No, all of our dogs must be fed on an approved well balanced diet.  We have no issues with fosters giving treats in moderation or allowing the dogs to have some veggies mixed in with their normal meals but we will not allow our dogs to be fed fully vegan or vegetarian diets except in cases where it is due to a confirmed medical condition at the request of our vet.

What happens when applies to adopt my foster dog?

If we receive an application to adopt your foster dog our foster and adoptions team will first of all review the application and once we have done that, if we feel it would be a suitable home we will then pass the application to the foster so that they can make initial contact with the applicant and talk about the dog.  If the foster is happy after initial contact then we will arrange for the applicant to have a home check carried out.  If the home check is a ‘pass’ then we will ask that the applicant and foster arrange a suitable time and date for the applicant to come and meet and greet with the dog.  Applicants are required to attend meet and greet with all members of the household as well as other family dogs they may own.  If you, as the foster is happy with the meet and greet and have no concerns the adoption can take place.  There is an online adoption agreement that must be completed by the applicant at the time of adopting and payment can be made via direct bank transfer.  Applicants are required to bring their own slip leash and ID tag for the dog they are adopting at the time of meet and greet.  We ask that the foster sends enough of the dogs normal diet with the dog to last for 1 week so that the new owner can transition slowly to the diet they prefer.

Can I foster if I have a puppy or a dog that is not spayed or neutered?

If you have a puppy we will not generally place a dog in foster, having a puppy is a lot of work and we feel it is too much for a foster to deal with training a new puppy as well as helping a dog that has lived in kennels for 2 years at the same time.  We prefer to place our dogs in homes where any resident pets are spayed/neutered but will take every application based on its own merit and will consider homes where resident dogs are not spayed or neutered.

Can I foster if I work?

Yes, the only request that we have is that the dog is not left alone for any more than 4 to 5 hours a day a couple of times a week.

Can I foster if my home is rented?

Yes, all we ask is that we see a copy of the landlord permission to have a dog in the home.

Can I foster if I live in a flat?

We do not rule out fosters who live in a flat and consider every application on its own merits.  We will look at options for the dog to have access outside for toileting, lift access and stairs.  You would need to demonstrate that you are able to get a foster dog up the stairs in the event of broken lifts or the dog not being able to walk the stairs.

Will I get support and guidance from War Paws?

Yes, there is a member of our team available at all times to discuss concerns and worries.  We work incredibly hard to ensure that we match the right dog to the right home to minimise any worries that may arise.

Will my foster dog be in good health and microchipped?

Yes, every one of our dogs has gone through extensive blood testing, has been dewormed regularly and given Bravecto to prevent fleas/ticks every 3 months.  Every dog is spayed/neutered. Every dog is microchipped and the microchips are registered to War Paws.  Every dog will be given an ID tag and ongoing worming and flea/tick prophylactics will be provided until they are adopted.

Will I be able to allow my foster dog to run off leash?

No, we do not permit foster dogs to be off leash except in cases where they are in a fully secure dog walking field.  We will provide harnesses for the dogs that need them as well as slip leashes with a sturdy stopper that must be used at all times when out walking. 

Will my foster dog be house trained?

We cannot guarantee this….we do have a number of dogs who are kennel clean but some will need some extra guidance on house training and we can provide pee pads to help with this as well as ongoing support from our foster team.

Are the dogs well adjusted and confident?

For the most part our dogs are very confident and happy to be around people.  There are some that are a little more nervous and will need calmer homes with fosters who can work to build confidence.  All of our dogs walk nicely on a leash but after 2 years in kennels they will need time to adjust to being back in a home and learn the ropes!

What happens if for any reason fostering is not working for me?

We will always accept our foster dogs back into our care if it is not working for you or them!

How long will my dog be in foster?

We cannot put timelines on how long it will take to find your foster dog the perfect forever home so we do ask that you be willing to foster for as long as it might take.

Will I need to travel to collect my foster dog?

Yes, we will ask that once the home check is done that you attend the kennel location in the UK along with your family and any other family pets to meet and greet and collect your foster dog.

Can I foster if I have cats?

In some cases yes, we do have some dogs that we have deemed to be cat friendly where we have seen how they behave around cats at the kennels.

Can I foster if I have children?

Yes, we have a number of dogs that we are happy to place in homes with children, we will take every application on its own merit and will work to match the most suitable dog to your home.  We might place age restrictions on children depending on the dog.

Can I foster if I already have my own dog?

Absolutely, we will work with you to find the best match for your family home.  Some of our dogs prefer to be an only dog but the vast majority have lived in kennels with other dogs and enjoy the company of other dogs. 

Am I expected to walk my foster dog or do any training or assist with rehoming?

Yes!  We require that all of our dogs get a good walk each day and that a foster is willing to work with them on house training and basic commands such as sit and stay.  We aim to find loving homes for foster dogs as quickly as possible, so we do require that fosters provide regular updates on progress and photographs to help us with rehoming.

What is the process if I want to Foster a War Paws dog?

In the first instance we will ask you to complete an online application to foster.  Once we have the form we will pass it over to our foster and adoptions team and they will be in touch to discuss your application.  If we are able to match a suitable dog then an in person home check will be arranged and assuming all is well we will then arrange to bring the dog to the UK for a week or 2 of decompression in the kennels before you collect your foster. 

Do I have to pay anything to Foster a War Paws dog?

Absolutely not, War Paws will cover the cost of food flea/tick/worming and any other medical care that is needed whilst in foster.

How will my companion animal be transported from my location to your facility?

We have a network of trusted drivers to transport the animals we rescue.  Once the rescue process is ready to begin we will ask you to provide the contact information of a local employee where you are based in order that they can speak to our drivers and make arrangements.

I have a companion animal I wish to take home, how can I contact you?

If you have a companion animal you wish to take to your home country please use our contact form and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Can you help me if my companion animal needs to be transported to a country other than the UK/EU/USA/Canada?

Yes, we have transported to many countries and with the exceptions of Australia and New Zealand which have the strictest quarantine procedures in the world we are able to transport to most places.

Do you bring animals without a bonded owner to the UK/USA/Canada?

From time to time we will bring an animal without a bonded owner to the UK/USA/Canada for rehoming.  These animals are usually animals that have been befriended by serving Military or Contractors but they are unable to give them a home in their home country.  We also have a number of dogs at the shelter that will be considered on a case by case basis for rehoming outside of Iraq, these may be dogs who have lived in family homes and are not coping well at the shelter, dogs with medical issues/disabilities.  We actively promote in country homing but sadly at this time loving homes are few and far between in country.

How long will it take to bring my pet home?

For the UK/EU the process will take a minimum of 4 months from the day we collect your animal.  There is nothing we are able to do to expedite the process due to the laws set out by the UK/EU/.  All animals coming into the UK must be microchipped and given a rabies vaccine on the day they arrive with us, 30 days after the microchip and rabies vaccine a blood sample is drawn for FAVN/RNATT testing (this is a test to check that the rabies vaccine has enabled the growth of enough antibodies).  Once the blood is drawn then the animal must remain in the country of origin for a period of 12 weeks from the day the blood sample was drawn.  Once 12 weeks have passed then your pet will be able to enter the UK without a need for quarantine.  Rarely a companion animal will fail the FAVN/RNATT test, if this happens the animal will be given a new rabies vaccine and again wait 30 days before a new blood sample is drawn.

For the US/Canada and some other countries your companion animal will be free to travel 30 days after their rabies vaccine (subject to funding being in place)

Is my companion animal guaranteed to make it home?

Sadly we cannot make any guarantees about this.  Whilst every care is taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of your pet whilst it is in our care the countries we work in have limited vet care and diseases such as parvo and distemper are prevalent.   We will always keep you informed about the health of your companion animal and in the event that your pet becomes sick we will provide vet care.

Do you ask the owners of the animals that you are transporting to pay anything ?

Yes, we ask that all owners of cats and dogs be willing to contribute a minimum of £1500 to get their adopted pet home. In recent years costs for vet care, food, flights, transport crates etc have increased exponentially and War Paws does not have spare funds to transport cats or dogs to the UK for free. We do not make any profit from reuniting pets with their owners and we have no control over cost of flights, fuel, vet care etc.

How much does it cost to bring a companion animal home?

For dogs coming to the UK/EU the average cost is approx. £4000.  This amount covers the following:

  • In country transport (dependant on where in Iraq your animal is located this can often come in at up to £500)
  • Travel Crates
  • Vet care in country (vaccines, microchip, FAVN Blood test, Spay/Neuter)
  • Kennel Fees – the animals we rescue on behalf of serving Military and Contractors are not housed at the shelter but in private boarding facilities and we must pay for the use of these facilities
  • Official Government Export Paperwork and Health Certificates
  • Flights – The cost of flights from Iraq to Jordan and then to the UK is not cheap as the animals have to travel as registered cargo, this can often mean that flights for one dog will come in at £2000+ depending on time of year, fuel surcharges, delays etc

For cats coming to the UK/EU the average cost is £2500

For dogs travelling to the USA/Canada costs are approx. $4000

For cats travelling to the USA/Canada costs are approx. $2500

Why does War Paws rescue animals abroad when there are so many in rescue in our own countries?

Almost all of the animals that War Paws rescues are animals that have bonded with serving members of the Military or Contractors who are based in the country.  When the time comes for them to come home they quite rightly do not want to leave their buddy behind so they contact us to help get them home.  No one would leave a friend or a family member behind so we do not expect anyone to leave their adopted buddy behind either. 

What is your UK postal address?

War Paws, PO Box 7344, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 1DX

Where are you based?

War Paws is a UK based charity and we are partnered with Animals of Kurdistan in Erbil where the shelter is located.