Foster 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.


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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).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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