Welcome to Foster First! We launched Foster First for three reasons: 1) To help stem the flow of unwanted puppies entering the rescue system; 2) As a response to the UK’s rescue dog and kennel space crisis and 3) 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.


Foster First is first and foremost a resource that highlights the vital role fostering plays within the rescue world and in our community. Its aim is to bring rescues and potential fosterers together to help animals in a home environment. The programme supports small and medium sized local rescues because we recognise that many of these rescues rely heavily on or are run solely by volunteers and have very little money and so are unlikely to have the time or resources available to promote their vital work.

Foster First is a programme for rescues based and operating within the UK. We do support foreign rescues, but you must either be registered in the UK or have dedicated UK contacts who work or volunteer for your rescue.

As Foster First is a resource for rescues and potential foster carers, we are not involved in the rescue process itself; this is all undertaken directly by the rescues. We love to hear your feedback, so if you are a rescue or potential foster carer who has some wonderful news to share as a result of Foster First, please do get in touch via our Facebook or Twitter account.


Foster First operates a website solely dedicated to this programme and on our website under the page ‘Rescues Needing Fosterers’ you will find a list of rescues who rely on and are often in desperate need of foster carers. Every rescue has their own criteria for becoming a foster carer so please contact them directly to find out more. Please note, home checks are undertaken by the rescues themselves.

Foster First regularly posts a list of potential foster carers to our social media pages. So, if you are a member of the public who is keen to foster and hasn’t had success with a local rescue, please message us via Facebook or Twitter and we will include your details (your name will be withheld) when we next post our list.

Foster First is keen to help as many small and medium sized UK rescues as possible. So, if you are a rescue in need of foster carers and you are not already part of our Foster First programme, please do get in touch. We welcome rescues who care for all types of animals.

Fostering is a lifeline for rescue pets. Thank you to everyone who is making a difference for our animal friends and to all who are helping make Foster First such a success!

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