C.A.R.I.A.D. stands for Care And Respect Includes All Dogs and our primary objective is to end the suffering of breeding dogs and their puppies used in puppy farming and puppy dealing, through legislative changes, public education and awareness.
But it doesn’t stop there. We are also committed to developing solutions-based initiatives to solve wider canine welfare problems and help our best friends to live their best lives. Foster First is designed to help dogs, rescues and dog lovers.
C.A.R.I.A.D. has launched Foster First for three reasons:
- To help stem the flow of unwanted puppies entering the rescue system by educating potential first time puppy buyers about what the responsibility of having a dog entails and how it will affect their daily lives, BEFORE they purchase a puppy, by fostering a dog first.
- As a response to the UK’s rescue dog and kennel space crisis with the aim of bringing more people together who may not even know about fostering, with dogs that desperately need the love and comfort only a home environment can offer, while they wait for a forever home.
- To help alleviate the loneliness and isolation that many older people feel by showing them how fostering a dog can bring companionship into their lives without the fear of long-term commitment.
Rescues all over the UK are in urgent need of fosterers and you’ll find those who are part of the Foster First programme here.