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Foster a Greyhound

Becoming an ex-racing Greyhound Foster

Becoming a Greyhound Foster Carer means you are providing invaluable support in caring for retired racing Greyhounds by preparing them for their new homes.

Fostering dogs also gives us a valuable opportunity to see how our dogs behave in a domestic environment so we can find them the perfect home.

We will always ensure the dog is suitable for you and will discuss all the details of the dog with you first, so you are fully informed.

What are the requirements to become an ex-racing Greyhound foster carer?

Stable environment- We are looking for adult homes only. This is to ensure the best chance of success for the foster dog.

Time spent - we are looking for minimal time alone for the foster dog. Ideally, during the first few days, foster dogs will not be able to be left at all, and their time alone will need to be built up very gradually. They are not permitted to go into dog daycare centres.

Flexibility we are looking for foster carers who are able to attend vet appointments when required, these will be planned in advance at our partner ICR Vets if the dog is unwell then you will be required to bring your foster dog in for a vet check the same day.

We would also expect the foster carers to attend initial meet and greets with potential new homes and to join us on Sunday walks at 10 am. This is to give it the best chance of finding the perfect home. Please take these factors all into consideration when deciding to foster. 

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Depending on the nature of the dog, we may look for homes with no other pets or children.

We are looking for applicants that ideally have previous experience with Greyhounds. Support will be provided throughout the foster period.

A private garden is also highly beneficial for fostering dogs. It is not essential however to allow the dog time to stretch their legs, we recommend a run free field – there is a number in and around Edinburgh. Foster Greyhounds are under no circumstances to be allowed off lead in public and are only allowed off-lead when in a secure, enclosed space.

Living within one hour of one of our kennels and being able to travel when required for clinic and rehoming appointments.

Willingness to follow our guidance- This will ensure the best chance of their success.

We would like people to commit to us on a long-term basis as the dogs that need fostering require a nice stable environment which requires commitment from the Dog Foster Carer. Each individual foster case will vary; they can range from two to three weeks up to three months and sometimes even longer if the dog is struggling to find a home.

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and a chance to make a real difference to an ex-racing greyhound.

What do I need to do as a Greyhound foster carer?

  • Care for all the dog's needs – feeding, walking, grooming, socialising

  • Be willing to follow our guidance and regulations on training and handling

  • Be happy to play a part in the rehoming process by providing photos, videos and regular updates via email

  • Be able to get to our kennels in liberton for rehoming appointments, which may be short notice.

  • Be able to get to a recommended vet clinic.

What support will a Greyhound foster carer receive?

  • Regular contact with our fostering team

  • Veterinary and behavioural support will be provided throughout the foster period

  • All supplies needed for your foster dog will be provided

  • Raw food

  • Collar/ lead

  • Muzzle

  • Feeding station

How do I become a Greyhound foster carer?

  • 1. Application - Complete the application form below. Please provide as much information as possible as this will assist us with our decision.

  • 2. Phone call - A member of the fostering team will call you for an interview and to answer any questions you may have.

  • 3. Home check - We ask that you kindly send in footage of your home. This is in no way to judge your home. It is only to check that it is a safe environment for our animals and to determine the best match for you and your setup.

If you're ready to become a dog foster carer, see below to apply.