It is an incredibly rewarding experience that requires commitment and patience for everyone involved.
Our foster carers provide a nurturing home environment where their foster pet can be relaxed as they adapt to their new environment. The role can be challenging at times but it will give you a sense of fulfilment in knowing that you played an important part in providing your foster pet with a second chance at life.
We are always looking for new carers to join our team. Our case managers are experienced and skilled in matching your capabilities and situation with a suitable foster animal.
So, if you think you’re ready to help us save lives then check out our FAQ’s below and submit your application today!
“Being a foster carer is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.
The Project Underdog Rescue team gave us so much support and guidance and together we were able to give Mabel attention, love and time she needed to become the playful and content dog that she is today. It was an incredible process to be a part of and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to be a foster carer?
To become a Project Underdog Rescue foster carer, you are required to:
- Be aged 21 years or older
- Provide a safe and secure environment for fostered animals in accordance with relative legislation
- Treat your foster dog like they are your own pet
- Have reliable transport
- Attend foster care training sessions
- Follow all PUR policies and guidelines
What does it mean to be a foster carer?
You will look after a foster pet in your own home, temporarily until a suitable forever home is found. Foster carers have a very important role in providing rehabilitation and care for their foster dog in an environment outside a pound or shelter, ensuring that the animals have the best chance at being successfully rehomed.
What is the process to become a foster carer?
- Complete an application to become a foster carer by clicking on the tab on right or scroll to the bottom of this page and hit “Foster”.
- One of our friendly volunteers will review your application for suitability. Please be patient, it could be up to 15 business days before they have a chance to review it.
- Phone screening
- Property check
- You’re in!
Do I need to provide food and bedding?
No. You will receive a foster pack with each your foster dog/cat which includes any necessary supplies such as bedding, toys, walking equipment (dogs) and super premium pet food.
How long will I have the animal for?
A lot of our rescue animals have come from unstable backgrounds so our am is for them to stay with the one foster carer until they are adopted. On average dogs are in foster care for 2 – 4 months and adult cats 4 – 6 months. However, we have had cases where animals have been adopted after a few weeks (usually puppies and kittens). On the flip side, we have also had dogs and cats, mainly those with special needs and complex challenges, that have taken 18 months to find a home for. It’s really important you let us know up front if you have a time limit on fostering.
What if I want to adopt my foster pet?
If you become attached to your foster animal and decide you would like to adopt them, then speak with your case manager about the adoption process. Our number one priority is matching the perfect forever home to each animal.
How old do I have to be to foster?
21 years of age.
Do I have to register my pet with the council?
Yes. Under Victorian law, foster carers are required to register all animals (over three months of age) housed at their premises with their local council; even if the animal is only with them temporarily. Most councils offer reduced registration fees for individuals who voluntarily enrol with their local council to be a ‘registered foster carer’.
Can I foster if I live outside of Victoria?
Unfortunately not. As we are based in Melbourne we like to keep our foster carers within a reasonable distance so that we can easily do yard checks, meet and greets, follow up visits etc.
We feel very strongly about being involved in all our animals transition from pound to foster home and from foster home to forever home. It is important that we are close by should our foster parents need our assistance at short notice.
These animals have already come from difficult lives and it is our responsibility to ensure we do everything we can to make sure that the foster home they go to is a safe and suitable environment that will assist with their rehabilitation process.
Having our animals within close proximity also means we can provide and recommended services to our foster carers such as behaviourists, trainers, veterinarians etc. We only recommended people/places/businesses whom we know and trust.
There are lots of great animal rescue organisations all across the country so we urge you to get in touch with your local rescue group and offer to foster.