With the festive season upon us it appears the message that a dog is for life and not just for Christmas is still not getting through to everyone.
A new organisation has been set up by Lindsey Forrest, 31, of South Lynn, to find foster carers for dogs which are waiting to be rehomed, and December, January and February are always particularly busy months for dog rehoming.
Miss Forrest has six of her own rescue dogs and provides foster care for one additional dog at a time. She has been fostering dogs since she was just 16 years old but has found there is a shortfall in dog fosterers, particularly for dealing with cross-breeds, and has set up Shaman’s Legacy, named after her oldest dog.
She said: “I am looking for people who love dogs and have the time to be able to spend with dogs. Not all rescue dogs have issues. We supply food and vets bills so there is no cost to the fosterer. The fosterer will just be asked to give the dog a loving home. They get 24 hour support from me and I do training.”
Miss Forrest, who works with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, said sadly a lot of dogs are given away over Christmas and she had even heard of one given away to make room for a Christmas tree.
She said: “Being a dog fosterer is lovely. When you help that dog and help them to move on to their new home it’s an amazing feeling, especially when you have had abuse cases and you see that dog leave you with their tail and ears up.”
If you are interested in becoming a dog foster carer contact Miss Forrest on 07592 500141, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via her Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/shamanslegacy