Fostering A Dog

If you can offer a rescue dog a foster space in your home and lifestyle over a longer period of time, or even better until they find a forever home, you can consider a long-term foster. We cover all the fees except for the food, toys and treats. We even support you with any training needed.

Please note although we re-home throughout the UK we can only accept foster applications from people within Hull and East Riding. The reason for this is we need the dog to be accessible for appointments and viewings. 

The biggest restrictions on what dogs we can place in foster is typically:

  • Children
  • Other Dogs
  • Cats/small furries
  • Being left alone
For dogs who are lucky enough to get placed into foster, the benefits are huge. They can enjoy more one to one attention and a settled home environment. The dogs can be better assessed which provides a better understanding of the dog's behaviour, enabling us to match them with the perfect home, family and lifestyle. Some dogs cope better than others with kennels and for those that don't cope so well, many behaviour issues seen in kennels are not seen at home and as a result the dogs are much happier and stress free. 

The benefits for you are great too: experience in looking after and handling a range of dogs, walkies everyday - meet new people and get fit! cuddles and snuggles, playtime and games and a new best friend who you can keep updated with once they've found their new home.

Conditions of Fostering

Many of the dogs that arrive at Oakwood have a vague, blurred history or none at all. Therefore they are often un-assessed in a home environment and may display problem behaviours, from minor lack of house training, to severe aggression to people etc. To prevent further disruption to these dogs already traumatic lives, we need our foster carers to be totally committed to whatever dog they take on and to work through any issues that are presented.

We will provide support and advice with email, phone and home visits where necessary to address issues and progression with training. Equally we need a committment from our fosters to be able to provide this effectively. We will endeavour to assess the dogs to the best of our professional ability to match you with a dog that is suitable for lifestyle, although many behavioural issues may only surface in the home environment.

We will cover veterinary fees of our rescue dogs in foster, you as the foster are required to provide food, toys etc.


“I may look big and boisterous, but I’m a gentle giant with a heart of gold”

Age: 16 months

Breed: Caucasian Shepherd

About me: I’m a laid back kind of guy, most often found upside down either taking an afternoon nap or requesting belly rubs. Those are my favourite things.

Why I need a Foster Home: I was brought to England by another rescue and I was in my home for 8 weeks when I started having seizures. They were going to put me to sleep but Oakwood took me instead! I am having treatment for my epilepsy but I need to be stable on my medication before I can be adopted.

What I’m looking for: I am looking for a quiet home with no children, and a confident person who can help with my epilepsy. I could live with a large female dog but not male dogs or cats.


“I am the doggy version of Tigger! Bouncy, Bouncy!”

Age: 10 months

Breed: Giant Schnauzer

About me: I’m just a big puppy so I’m into everything and the humans say I need some boundaries and training. I LOVE food so will quickly learn in exchange for treats!

Why I need a Foster Home: I was handed into rescue with a nasty infection in my spine and I am taking antibiotics for 6 months to clear it. Then I need an x-ray to check I’m well before I can be adopted.

What I’m looking for: FOOD and TOYS and TREATS! Oh, but the staff said I also have to say, someone who will be patient and not let me get away with naughty behaviour but teach me manners and get me ready for a forever home. I could live with a large female dog but no boy doggies, cats or humans under 15yrs.


“I love getting those nice ear scratches. I have missed out on so much love, will you love me?”

Age: 5 years

Breed: Romanian Cross

About me: I came from the streets of Romania before I was captured and put in a shelter there. It’s not a nice place like Oakwood. We were lucky if we even got fed every day, there were definitely no toys or treats. I would probably have died there.

Why I need a Foster Home: I have a limp and so we went to the vets. The x-rays show my left leg is badly deformed and it needs to be removed. I need a home to recuperate in after my operation and to adjust to life as a 3 legged doggy before I can be adopted.

What I’m looking for: I need someone who can care for me after my surgery and get me back on my paws and ready to find my forever home. I need a foster home with no doggies, cats or children under 13years.


“I’m still learning how the world works…. Could you be my guide?”

Age: 5 years

Breed: Romanian Shepherd Cross

About me: I love long walks, squeaky toys and once I learn to trust you, you might get a cheeky kiss.

Why I need a Foster Home: I was kept in a dark room for 2 years and so I’m finding life in kennels very stressful. I need time to learn to adjust to life in the big wide world before I’m ready to be adopted.

What I’m looking for: I am seeking some nice people who can be patient with me and help me become familiar with living in a home. I need to live with no children, no dogs and no cats.


“I’m a cute little red head who doesn’t wait for the second date to give you a kiss!”

Age: 18 months

Breed: Small Romanian Crossbreed

About me: I am very friendly, a little too friendly the humans say when I want a smooch! I walk lovely on my lead and I want someone to snuggle with!

Why I need a Foster Home: I have some medication to take so I cannot be adopted until I’ve finished my treatment and I have the all clear. (It’s not contagious….. don’t worry!)

What I’m looking for: Someone who gives great cuddles! I could live with a female dog and cats. No children or male dogs please.

  If you are interested in fostering one of our rescue dogs, please complete the form below and a member of the team will be in touch with you. Thank you.

Rescue Dog Application Form
  • I have read the ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS (Do not tick this unless you AGREE)
  • What exercise will you give the dog?:
  • What age of dog would you prefer? Tick all that apply:
  • What size dog would you prefer?:
  • Have you ever owned a dog before?:
  • I have read the profile of the dog I am interested in, and I meet the Specific Requirements of the dog as outlined in their profile:
  • What height is your garden fencing?:
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