HOW FOSTER FIRST IS HELPING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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. And so Foster First was launched.

We launched Foster First for three key 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 with the aim of bringing more people together who may not even know about fostering 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.

What we didn’t anticipate when we launched Foster First was that it would prove to be a lifeline for victims of domestic violence and their pets. Escaping domestic violence can be difficult. Trying to do so with a beloved pet is even harder, but there are people out there ready to help … read more in the current edition of Dogs Today magazine.

Our sincere thanks go to our friends at Dogs Today magazine for supporting our work and that of the many animal heroes who work tirelessly to help victims of domestic violence and their beloved pets.

 

CAN YOU HELP SPREAD THE FOSTERING MESSAGE WHERE YOU LIVE?

As you will have seen, we’ve started distributing our Foster First packs to the rescues who are part of the programme, to help them attract more fosterers for their rescue animals. And we’re absolutely overjoyed at the response and for all the lovely messages we’ve been getting from the rescues who’ve already received their packs.

Foster First Packages for Rescues

Obviously, the more that people hear about what fostering is about, the more animals can be helped. So we thought that perhaps you would like to help spread the word in your area? It’s easy. Simply download the poster and print it out (it’s a standard A4 size) and then ask your local vets, pet shop, groomers and other suitable locations to display it so that more people can learn about what a lifeline fostering is for rescue pets.

A big thank you from Linda, Sue & Ana and the rescue animals xxx

Foster First Poster

 

C.A.R.I.A.D. BEGINS FOSTER FIRST PACK ROLLOUT TO RESCUES

The C.A.R.I.A.D. team had a very busy and productive weekend putting together the first batch of Foster First leaflets and poster packs for smaller rescues to help them attract more fosterers in their local communities. Even little Alice bichon lent a paw to help her fur friends!

Foster First was launched just before Christmas last year and thanks to the exceptional dedication and compassion of Ana Cossart, our Foster First Co-Ordinator, and the overwhelmingly positive response from smaller rescues across the UK who are already involved in this initiative, there are dogs, cats, rabbits and other homeless animals beginning their journeys to happier new lives.

Our spotlight on fostering as a lifeline for rescue pets initially came about in preparation for the greater numbers of puppy farm breeding dogs being surrendered as a result of Lucy’s Law. We know from personal experience that in order to start the rehabilitation process, these special dogs need to be in a home environment, normally with a calm resident dog, so that they can start learning how to be dogs and living the lives that should always have been theirs.

But of course, this is only one aspect of the vital work fostering animals fulfills. From companionship for the elderly who are increasingly isolated, to helping provide a safe haven for animals so that human victims of domestic abuse can flee to safety, to freeing up valuable kennel space for a pound dog that may otherwise be euthanised, fosterers are amazing people and the small rescue world would collapse without them.

And there’s another key reason for Foster First. We want to encourage potential first-time puppy purchasers to stop and think before they leap into a purchase they may regret. To give first timers a taste of what having a dog in your life really means, how it affects your daily life, your routine, your environment and your finances – we are urging anyone who thinks they want to buy a puppy to foster a dog or puppy first – before making that huge, life-changing commitment. With one in ten pups being surrendered to rescues within a month of being purchased, we are committed to doing whatever we can to get people to stop and take a breath before taking home the ‘dream’ and then using local rescues as recycling depots when they decide their cute fluffball is a noisy, destructive, pooing, weeing nightmare – or whatever excuse they decide to come up with in order to ‘get rid’ of their costly mistake fast.

Yes, there is still a great deal of work to do in order for Care And Respect to Include All Dogs. But this is our name and this remains our aim. For nearly ten years we have been working tirelessly to bring about an end to the suffering caused by the exploitation of dogs and puppies through puppy farming. And we will continue to do so. But our work has always included a focus on adoption and supporting the work of small local rescues wherever we can as well. In creating Foster First our aim is to provide a resource for rescues to use to help them in their own vital work.

With the majority of our work carried out behind the scenes it’s great to be able to share one of the highly visible ways your donations are helping us to make a tangible difference to our animal friends. We have other initiatives in the pipeline which will come to fruition if, or when we have enough funds.

We’re so very grateful to the small number of supporters who have set up monthly direct debits, and to those groups and individuals who donate to us from their amazing fundraisers. This is what makes it possible for us to plan campaigns and make them a reality. We do all of our creative work and design in-house which means there are no costs involved there, but printing, packaging and postage for campaigns like Foster First are costly. So, if you’d like to support an organisation that always puts the real needs of dogs first, and you like what we’ve done over the years, please help us do even more by setting up a monthly direct debit now, or by making a one off donation. We promise that with your help we will continue to make a difference – https://cariadcampaign.co.uk/donate/

FOSTER FIRST – HOW IT ALL WORKS

Welcome to Foster First! C.A.R.I.A.D. 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.

HERE’S HOW IT ALL WORKS …

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.

WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCE

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!

C.A.R.I.A.D. LAUNCHES FOSTER FIRST

C.A.R.I.A.D. announces the launch of its latest initiative which is called Foster First.

Foster First Logo

Foster First puts the vital role of fostering pets in the spotlight and the website is a resource for rescues and the public.

Animals requiring fosterers will also be posted on the @FOSTERFIRST1 Twitter account and it is hoped that this initiative will help to make a difference to thousands of pets needing temporary accommodation. #FosterFirst

Watch this video to find out more …

Launch Video

FOSTER FIRST LAUNCH VIDEO