Abandoned dogs seek loving East Devon homes
PUBLISHED: 17:35 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 June 2010
Tuesday, July 29 - ANIMAL wardens are working with East Devon District Council to help find loving new homes for abandoned dogs.
ANIMAL wardens are working with East Devon District Council to help find loving new homes for abandoned dogs.
Their policy is to try to find the right home for the right dog but this takes time, and they need support from caring dog lovers to continue with their work.
East Devon's animal wardens are seeing an increase in the number of dogs coming to their centres and they are looking for more volunteer foster carers to help them find lasting homes.
No matter how many rescue centres there are or how many kennel spaces they offer, there will always be times when they reach saturation point and dogs have to be turned away.
Volunteer foster carers play a crucial role in the re-homing programme, providing dogs with a temporary loving home until a permanent home can be found for them.
An East Devon dog foster carer said: "Definitely give it a go. It's a fantastic opportunity to spend some time caring for a dog, knowing that you have helped save its life."
For many dogs the kennelling system is a terrifying experience. By using foster homes to spare these cases the ordeal of spending weeks or months in a kennel environment, these dogs are saved from what could be long-lasting mental distress.
Fostering a dog is a serious commitment and potential volunteers must first take a look at their domestic arrangements - such as would a dog fit in with your lifestyle or can you afford to keep a pet.
Animal Wardens pay all veterinary expenses but need to know that fosterers have access to transport to take the dog to the vet should it need to go.
A district council spokesperson said: "Taking in a rescue dog is not an easy job, but if you are an animal lover you will find it very rewarding to know that you have helped by offering a safe, comfortable haven after a very traumatic time.
"Please consider the answers to the following questions before you say yes. Does everyone in the household want a dog around? Do you have children who like dogs or would they be noisy and nervous around them? Can you, if necessary, give the dog regular exercise and do you have the resources to pay for its keep? "Animal Wardens will pay all veterinary expenses but need to know that you have access to transport to take the dog to the vet should it need to go. And do you have existing pets who might resent an 'intruder'?
"Taking in a rescue dog is not an easy job, but if you are an animal lover you will find it very rewarding to know that you have helped by offering a safe, comfortable haven after a very traumatic time."
If you are happy with your answers to the questions above and would like to find out more, contact Animal Wardens direct on 0845 241 7253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org