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Dog Foster Care links to dog rescue groups who require volunteer foster carers.

The number of dogs that can enter foster care with a rescue group is limited by the number of volunteer homes available.

If your thinking about dog fostering, please take the time to research and then contact a group near you: ACT, NT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, or WA.

If you run a rescue group please list your site with us, as there are about 4,000 people that visit this site each month with some perhaps from your local area.

Tick Website Last updated 04-04-2014

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Below is a simplified example of the rescue process.
(Each shelter/ rescue group has different procedures and each state has different regulations.)

1) Dog enters pound.

2) Pound sets date for dog to be put to sleep (1 week for unchipped dogs in NSW).

3) During the week the dog can be reclaimed by the owner.

4) If the dog is not reclaimed after 1 week it is either;

a) given extra time for someone to adopt or reclaim it (if resources are available), or

b) transferred to a rescue group, or

c) put to sleep.

dog running with ball If given to a rescue group the dog is put into foster care. It is desexed, vaccinated, given health care and potential new families can view the dog. If they like the dog, they adopt the dog.

Dog foster carers are people who rescue dogs from being put to sleep in animal shelters. They temporarily provide food, care, and shelter for the dog in their own home until a permanent home can be found.

Dogs have a limited amount of time before a pound or shelter will have to put them to sleep.

Being a foster care provider takes a considerable amount of time, dedication, and genuine caring. It's a big commitment and it's not a job for everyone. Yet the fulfillment and sense of purpose you receive in knowing that you helped one more dog find its way into a safe, happy home is most beneficial each time you successfully place a dog.

Australia has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in the world and dogs play an important part in family's and the community. There are a small number of people who (for any number reasons) let their dogs end up in animal shelters. These dogs do not deserve to be put to sleep, most of them are perfectly healthy and foster carers give them a second chance at living.

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