Could you Foster for New Lives Animal Rescue?

New Lives Animal Rescue do not operate from a shelter, cattery or kennels. Instead we place all of the animals in our care into one of our dedicated and loving foster homes, where they will stay until they are adopted. We are currently looking for more Foster Families to join our team! The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can save.

Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens! Like people they all have very unique personalities and needs! If you have the time, space and commitment to welcoming a foster furbaby into you family we would love to hear from you. New Lives Animal Rescue provide our foster homes with full support and advice, and equip our fosterers with everything they will need during the animals stay.

Foster homes provide a fantastic temporary home for our animals, away from a kennel or boarding environment our animals strive, below are some examples of how opening your home to a rescue animal helps:

Breathing Space & Personalities:

The hectic, gloomy and cold kennel environment can be a daunting and depressing place for an animal to spend the long days and lonely nights, quickly impacting and deteriorating an animals happiness and health. When people view an animal in one of these environments the animal will often be withdrawn, unhappy or even unruly!

Living in a safe, happy foster home, our animals will quickly learn to relax, settle down and "be themselves" our fosterers can then observe the individual personalities of the animal and help us match the animal to a forever home that best suits the personality of the animal.


Many of the animals that come into our care have suffered traumatic experiences in the past, this could be anything from abuse, neglect, illness or injury. The safety and TLC that a foster home offers our animals help them to begin the recovery process, allows us to treat any medical concerns and prepare the animal for re-homing.

House manners:

A huge benefit of having rescue animals in a home environment until they are adopted is that they become accustomed to living in a home environment, many of our dogs have come via the pound or from living outside, so being in a foster home they learn how to adjust to living inside a family home! They develop their "manners" and in some cases they even learn or begin to learn their toilet training! (please be reminded that like people, all animals have their own personalities and development rates, some learn faster than others, and accidents do happen!)

Saving a life!
Welcoming a foster animal into your home saves it's life! 

Foster Home Case Study: Rikki & Babe 2016

Rikki and her daughter Babe are a perfect example of how important and valued our foster families are.

Prior to being rescued Rikki and her only surviving puppy Babe, were living in disgusting conditions, Rikki was in thin body condition and battling skin infections, all whilst trying her best to care for her newborn baby.

We knew Rikki would need a long term foster home, as she had a puppy to feed, and needed time for rehabilitation for her health. Finding a fosterer who can commit long term to a mother and her newborn can be extremely challenging, however our extremely valued foster mum Christine was quick to offer her assistance. As Babe began to develop it soon became apparant that this sweet pup was deaf, this didn't stop her foster mum who jumped at the challenge to care for and begin to teach Babe some skills through sign language.
Without a committed, dedicated and selfless foster carer like Christine we would not have been able to save and take these two beautiful girls into our care. Both Rikki and Babe have now found their forever families.

What does a foster home do?

A foster home temporarily welcomes one of our animals into their home and family until the animal is adopted.

How do I become a foster carer for New Lives Rescue?

To join our foster team you need to have the time, space and commitment to caring for a rescue animal. For dogs/puppies you will need a fully fenced, secure and safe property to keep the dog safely contained in, we also ask that our dogs/puppies are allowed inside the house and allowed to sleep indoors at night. To foster cats/kittens, usually a spare room inside the house where they can be safely contained and cared for is most suitable.

What types of animals need fostering?

Dogs, Puppies, Cats or Kittens (and occasionally we need fosterers for other species such as horses and goats!) You get to select which species you would like to foster, you can then opt as to whether you prefer an older or younger animal, small or large breed etc. Then when an animal comes in that is suited to your home we will give you a call to see if you are available.

How long do animals need fostering for?

Depends on the individual animal! some will only need a short stay of up to a week, where others could be a few weeks and other cases may take a few months. We sometimes need emergency foster homes that can take care of our animals at short notice for a few days or weekend until a more permanent foster home is found.

Does it cost to foster?

Until the animal has been adopted all expenses are covered by New Lives Animal Rescue. We provide food, bedding, collars, leads, kitty litter and veterinary care.

Whats expected of a foster family?

You need to be committed to providing a safe, happy and healthy environment for our animals, mostly all our animals just want some much needed love and attention.

Apply to join our foster team