View Full Version : I may be in urgent need of a Dublin city foster

21st March 2008, 12:39 AM
May have another dog coming in and already have one who needs foster too. This will make FOUR cavaliers at the moment... I badly, badly need city centre or suburb fosters... the same one or two people are ending up with dog after dog which isn't fair on them. I will have to start kennelling instead which is not great for fosters. :( Please if you know people who might like to foster, or are considering this yourself, I am happy to explain more so you can see if this is right for you. Normally foster periods are about two weeks, sometimes less. Because I have been away I have had two dogs in foster for several weeks and this is very hard on the same fosters.

21st March 2008, 09:27 AM
hi karlin shan here i live in cork if you want to pm me details of fostering i would consider it if my area is of any use to you i have cavalier puppy and boxer

21st March 2008, 11:17 AM
Hu ,i can take one as well.But i cant get to Dublin.Hopefully kennels up and running sooner maybe sept or oct,can take dogs for you then.

21st March 2008, 12:56 PM
Thanks all; my real problem is the immediate Dublin area -- and transport always, too. Usually I need to have these dogs within reasonable distance of my vet practices I use and homechecks, or it is incredibly time consuming to do long drives with dogs.

I am going to put out an appeal to the homes that have taken cavaliers from me, as well.

22nd March 2008, 07:52 PM
Any luck with these guys??

22nd March 2008, 07:58 PM
One going to a foster with an eye to rehome; one safe where he is; one may need a place next week; still haven't heard back about the fourth cavalier. :confused:

The need for fosters and transport within Dublin is however an ongoing and permanent issue. Thanks folks who have been in touch privately. :)

22nd March 2008, 08:19 PM
I would love to help but I have a bit of an attatchment problem, I dont mean to sound selfish but I just cant put myself through it again, Im working on it and would love to hear about how other fosterers deal with this?

22nd March 2008, 09:03 PM
Well they are usually only there for a week to two (often just 3-4 days) which isn't generally long enough for most people to get very attached. Also, a good motivation is it helps save dogs' lives :) and makes someone else very happy to also get a chance to enjoy a cavalier. Many times even being able to take a dog for one or two days means the difference between a safe dog, or the dog ending up at the pound or worse. Many people (most I think ! :( ) want their dog gone immediately when they want it rehomed. So far, I have never had to say no.

It is incredibly rewarding to see a dog that was at risk, blossom and get ready for a new home and a better life. Fostering isn't for everyone though but many find making this type of contribution one of the most rewarding things they do and enjoy hearing about how their former charges are doing as if they were nieces and nephews. :lol:

Most rescue dogs are not just like our own dogs -- and for that reason can often be surprisingly easy to send on to their new homes... they are;t quite what we want ourselves. That said, I have a few 'failed fosters' :lol:. I enjoy meeting all the dogs I meet, but only two have ever tempted me out of around 60 or so; and one, I kept -- Lily. But I'd actually have rehomed her too -- I kept her for two reasons; I suspected she had mild syringomyelia, and, she has a special attachment to Leo and he enjoys her. Because Leo has SM I am never sure how long he will be with me so am happy to do things that makes his life more pleasant. :flwr:

22nd March 2008, 09:55 PM
I seem to get attached very quickly but maybe that is because the two dogs we fostered before, I rescued them myself from the street and I was the one who got their tails wagging and built up their confidence. I suppose I might be a bit young to be able to deal with this maybe it will get easier with age! :)

23rd March 2008, 01:18 AM
Two more cavaliers into rescue tonight. :yikes Never a dull moment.

I think foster places are sorted for these. Will post details on the dogs when I have them.

Five cavaliers total in rescue with a possible sixth coming in.

23rd March 2008, 12:00 PM
One thought about fostering though - although I'm a failed 'transporter' (didn't even get as far as fostering Kevin!!), if everyone failed all the time there'd be no foster homes and therefore rescues would be backed-up with dogs waiting to come in.

Easier said than done though - I've only ever fostered 2 cavaliers. One wasn't suited to children, so he was moved on very quickly; and the other was a 'permanent foster', so she stayed with us until she went to the Bridge.

Most of my fosters have been springer spaniels.

As far as cavaliers are concerned, I'm more interested in the special needs ones anyway, so less likely to fail with a young, healthy dog.

23rd March 2008, 01:36 PM
i am off til wednesday if u need any help with transport u have my number!!

24th March 2008, 02:30 PM
Hi Karlin,
We're always happy to help, any way we can. We're pretty close to Dublin, only about 30 minutes from Blanchardstown (although not in rush hour, obviously) :D
We both work 9am-3pm these days, so there's always someone home from around 3pm on, and we can offer transport if needs be.
Let me know if we can be of any help with the influx you seem to be having.

24th March 2008, 11:27 PM
Ideally I'd like to get one 5year old male into foster by mid-week if I cannot quickly place him -- Prince the tri -- I am really under pressure for work at the moment so homechecks and vet checks are hard for me to do right away.:eek: I will see if I have any response from prospective homes in the next two days or so first.