Could you be a superhero to a special hound? ‘Super fosterers’ are being sought by Greyhound Rescue Wales in an innovative scheme to give some of the dogs in its care ‘that little bit extra’ while they wait for their forever homes.
The rescue charity is looking for the right people to help rehabilitate a handful of hounds in a three-month pilot project. The scheme is a unique opportunity to learn excellent dog training and behaviour skills, with full support from the organisation’s team of experts.
Fosterers will gain an invaluable insight from GRW’s Behaviour and Training Consultant during phone calls and Skype sessions and will follow weekly training schedules to help bring out the best in each dog. And for the three-month period, fosterers will receive a small daily allowance of up to £10, in addition to ongoing food and vet fees.
Greyhound Rescue Wales re-homes around 300 ex-racing greyhounds – some of whom are badly injured or have been ill-treated – and lurchers each year. Many find their forever homes soon after coming into the charity’s care but some, through no fault of their own, are overlooked by prospective adopters. Their particular needs have been caused by mistreatment, poor socialisation or a high prey drive, yet spending time in the right foster home is more likely to lead to a successful adoption
Dog Behaviour and Training Consultant Kerry Sands said: “Super fosterers will need a basic grounding in positive, force-free dog training methods and be prepared to follow a pre-designed training plan to help the individual hound learn about life in a home. Sighthound experience is not essential, but fosterers will need to be calm, confident, adaptable and resilient to the ups and downs of rehabilitating dogs with specials needs and/or challenging behaviour.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone wishing to boost their dog training skills and to improve the lives of these wonderful hounds, who have been overlooked by prospective adopters through no fault of their own.”
The fabulous five in need of foster homes are black greyhounds Murphy and Wilson and lurchers Sasha, Fern and Cooper. If you think you can help and would like to find out more, please contact Kerry on 07980 853672, email email@example.com or visit www.greyhoundrescuewales.co.uk.