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Foster for us

This is a small sample of some of the dogs that we have available for foster at the moment. This page will change quickly as new vulnerable dogs come in and not all of the dogs that we have available for foster will be able to be posted here. Some dogs will need to be moved quickly, so if you are interested in becoming a general foster for us and not for a particular dog, then please fill out the general registration form for fostering in the main menu. Once approved, you will then be added to a private facebook page and able to see all of the dogs we have available at that time. Please help us reach our goal to continue to rescue and re-home as many dogs as possible. Your generous support is what makes the difference to the plight of some very vulnerable spaniels.  

Spaniels come to SARR from a wide variety of backgrounds - some good, some bad. Their first experience with us is with a foster family and, in most cases, we have very little information about them.

 

The purpose of fostering is to give the dog an immediate safe place and to assess it over a period of weeks so that the eventual adoptive family have an accurate picture of the dog before they make the decision to adopt. Our fosterers are invaluable to us and without them, we wouldn't be able to help any dogs

 

Before volunteering to foster, you should be prepared to accept a dog that may have complex needs.

Often our vet bills are very high. Each of our foster dogs have a support button if you would like to make a donation. 

THANK YOU, ALL SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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Name: Daisy

FOSTER LOCATION - Croydon

BREED OF DOG - Working Cocker Spaniel

SEX OF DOG - Female

COLOUR OF DOG - Chocolate

AGE - 7 yrs 

Young Child and Dog free please

I am looking for a calm home for Daisy , ideally dog free but another dog in the home that isn’t dependent on their owner and is happy to have time a way in another room whilst Daisy has her own space .

Daisy will need time to adapt and decompress , this really must be adhered too as she can be very anxious .

She has been through so much in her life.

She has recently had a behaviourist assessment , and we will assign a behaviourist to you , to support ,advise and work with you .

In Daisy’s previous home since the birth of the baby , despite correct and careful introductions her stress levels were so high she just couldn’t cope any more and went for the baby on the face .

Thankfully no great harm was done but her family felt that they could no longer trust Daisy .

She went into foster where there was a resident male cocker , as her previous owner said she was better with males and with slow introductions she would be fine .

Unfortunately due to the resident dog being very dependant on his owner, giving both dogs time away from each is just not working .

Hence me having to identify another suitable foster .

Daisy loves people once she knows she can trust you but is anxious of strangers at first .

Daisy will need lots of time and reassurance to adapt in her new environment .

She is incredibly food driven which can help with training and gaining her trust.

She loves her tennis ball.

She is ok with teenagers (once she knows she is safe) but does not like toddlers or loud noises.

She will cuddle up to her favourite people and take a fuss, but she prefers to come to you on her terms for strokes and cuddles and sometimes prefers to be left alone in her own space .

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Name:Oscar

Breed of Dog: Breton

Size of Dog: Medium

Age of Dog: 2

Sex of Dog: Male

Has the dog been neutered?: Yes

Has the dog been microchipped?: Yes

Has the dog been vaccinated?: Yes

Is the dog aggressive with other dogs?: Yes it seems to be some male dogs .

Does the dog have any medical conditions, or disabilities?: No

Describe the dog's personality: Very loving and bouncy

Has the dog lived with other dog(s)?: Yes

Has the dog lived with children?: No

Has the dog ever bitten a person?: No

Is the dog house trained?: Yes

Can the dog be left alone?: Yes

Is the dog crate trained?: Yes

Does the dog bark or chew things when left alone?: Yes if left for long periods

Does the dog travel well in car?: Yes

Does the dog pull on lead?: No

What is the recall like off lead?: No

Is the dog cat friendly? No

Where does the dog sleep at night?: lounge

Has it lived with cats?: No

Reason for relinquishing?: Husbands health

Does the dog have any special dietary requirements?: None

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Name:Dotty

FOSTER WANTED

Dotty is an 8 year old cocker spaniel.

I will need a home where she isn’t left for long periods as she forms a strong attachment and doesn’t like to be left.

She truly is a lovely girl. She originally came from a home full of animals to her current home where it is just her and a cat , which she loves as she is the centre of attention.

She is a friendly dog with a great temperament. She is so good with children and all small animals.

She is great at the vets and being groomed.

She has been bred in the past and therefore sometimes doesn’t tolerate male dogs approaching her.

She will bark and make a noise but has never gone for another dog or caused any harm to any other animal, just wants to warn them away from her.

She is fully vaccinated and recently had a health check with her vet. Not spayed.

Dotty is in need of a home full of love, time and patience and an owner who can be around most of the time .

Location - Nottingham

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Name: Bailey

FOSTER WANTED

LOCATION - Swansea

Bailey male Cockapoo needs a new home due to his mum being in hospital for a long time

He doesn’t know whats going on at the moment as his mum is now home but the house is very busy whilst everything gets put in place for her care .

She can’t walk and has limited movement .

Bailey isn’t coping , he isn’t getting out and is becoming very frustrated .

He has never shown any aggression towards anyone but will bark at strangers.

The family feel he is currently very overwhelmed and is confused .

He has acted out of character and they are not sure what exactly happened with the carers, but it seems to be they frightened him so he barked/ growled out of fear.

He loves water, being out on walks so an active home needed.

He lives with an older dog and they are fine together .

He is 7 to 8yr old, needs vaccs and is not neutered. Needs clipping as he is terribly matted .

Obviously not intentionally but he has been neglected due to his owners illness .

Poor little guy he must be so confused .

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Name: Benny

FOSTER WANTED

Benny( nearly 3 years old)

is a Very active boy, loves tennis balls, house trained, brilliant with children (he has grown up with a now 4 year old) and other dogs, eager to please.

He wants to be everyones friend

Walks off the lead (not good on the lead) will shoot off but has quite a good recall.

Benny is ok to be left within reason, no problems at all .

Benny is neutered, up to date with vaccinations.

He is very obedient, he sits and waits to be told “good boy” before eating his food.

Collection from Staffordshire.

Dogs needing foster homes have not been assessed.

The information on my posts is given in good faith it is what I am given from owners.

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Name: Ralph

FOSTER HOME WANTED

I am looking for a foster for Ralph , an experienced couple or a single person with a calm home , no children , or other pets .

A foster who will be prepared to work with Ralph understand his body language , give him time to adjust and understand his ways and needs .

His family really are lovely and he is a much loved boy , they contacted me today as a last resort as the behaviourist advised euthanasia which upset them greatly as you can imagine.

They feel that he should be a given a chance and we are hoping that there is the right home out there for Ralph

LOCATION - Southport, PR8

DOGS NAME Ralph

BREED OF DOG Cocker Spaniel

SIZE OF DOG Small cocker spaniel

THE DOGS AGE 6

THE DOGS SEX Male

NEUTERED Yes

VACCINATED Yes

CHILDREN - no

CATS - no

IS THE DOG GOOD WITH OTHER DOGS - No

AGRESSION DETAILS Ralph is not actively aggressive towards other dogs - when walking he likes his own space and we usually walk him on his lead away from other dogs.

Issues occur if another dog is off the lead and approach him quickly as he is nervous. If the other dog continues to harass him he can become aggressive.

Ralph has been socialised with another family dog who he spends time with regularly but this has been done over a sustained period of time. He is fed separately and all goods/possessions are removed.

We would not recommend that he is homed with another dog.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S PERSONALITY Ralph is a happy, playful and loving cocker spaniel, who is very well trained and obedient. He loves to keep you company and please you, however he does have a very nervous personality and has shown aggression across the 7 years we have had him.

Ralph prefers his own company, however is very affectionate and will approach you when he feels ready. Ralph loves to walk and play with his 2 owners and is always very keen to be active and on the go.

Ralph can be fear aggressive if he is startled or approached unexpectantly by new people and dogs.

Ralph has to feel comfortable in his environment and surroundings as he can resource guard and show agression when he feels uncomfortable (this is usually around food, bedtime and when he is relaxing).

Patience, love and care is needed to understand Ralph and his environment, but when you know how to manage him and read his body language he quickly settled and gains your trust - it’s important to not overwhelm and push Ralph’s boundaries.

BITE CIRCUMSTANCES

Ralph has bitten when he is fearful or in a nervous environment.

Mostly this is when he has been approached when he feels uncomfortable and has been startled, or he resource guarding.

Ralph would need someone who reads his body language and respects his space when he requires this.

HAVE YOU SOUGHT ADVICE FROM A BEHAVIOURIST / DOG TRAINER?

Yes

IS THE DOG HOUSE TRAINED - Yes

CAN THE DOG BE LEFT ALONE- Yes

Up to 6 hours a day - Ralph is very comfortable in his own company

DOES THE DOG BARK OR CHEW THINGS WHEN LEFT ALONE- No

DOES THE DOG TRAVEL WELL IN CAR Yes

IS THE DOG CRATE TRAINED- Yes

DOES THE DOG PULL ON LEAD-

No

WHAT IS THE RECALL LIKE OFF LEAD- good

WHERE DOES THE DOG SLEEP AT NIGHT? In his own bed usually in room with owners however would be fine in a different room.

REASON FOR RELINQUISHING We have owned Ralph for 7 years and he is our best friend and this makes this such a difficult decision.

As we are now expecting our first baby, although we can manage Ralph now, it will be extremely difficult when a baby comes along. This will add stress for both us and Ralph and having to segregate him would not provide Ralph will the quality of life he is used to.

As Ralph can be unpredictable we have to tightly manage his surroundings and environments.

Ralph is a perfect companion but requires someone who will provide structure and respect his boundaries.

He is very obedient and intelligent however requires patience and understanding for his behaviour.

We would recommend that Ralph would be suited to an owners who do not have children or other dogs. He is unfortunately not suited to a busy family environment however in the right home would be someone’s best friend.

Home check applies

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Name:Bella

Location - Chesterfield Derbyshire I am looking for a dog free experienced foster home. Bella (12 months old ) has been passed for pillar to post and since arriving in emergency foster it’s become obvious she has been badly treated and due to this she is reactive in some situations. Bella is a beautiful girl who will accept fuss, but on her terms. She loves a belly rub, and is becoming increasingly playful. She will now take treats - providing they are sausages! She will sit when given her food, she eats nicely and doesn't gobble her food. She has slept in a crate, and sometimes walks straight in. She is house trained, she doesn't ask to out during the day but will bark at night if she needs to go outside. She hasn't really interacted with our other dogs in a playful way, she prefers to sit with people all the time. This has, however, caused issues as she is now growling at the other dogs when they come to us for fuss. She also snapped and drew blood on one of them. Bella will let you touch her but can react badly when her collar is touched - we have made it a game to touch her neck and collar but if even the tiniest amount of pressure is put on her lead then she will show her teeth, growl or snap. We have used a slip lead on her and got her used to walking around the house and garden but it's definitely work in progress. Bella does not like being groomed - we have been slowly introducing her to brushes and combs but she makes her objections clear - her nails and fur are overgrown and her fur matted in places as we have not been able to gain her trust enough yet. Bella has drawn blood on both me and my friend - unprovoked in my case and because my friend had touched her. My honest opinion is that she has been extremely badly treated in her past and will need lots of time in a dog free, child free environment where she can learn to trust and be a dog again.

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Name:Ollie

FOSTER WANTED

LOCATION - STAFFORDSHIRE ST9

OLLIE - Age 12 months

NEUTRED - not yet

DOGS - yes

CHILDREN- no

Ollie needs a new home as is nipping the children in his current home .

He has also nipped his owner’s hand.

He and the resident older male dog are not getting on leading to altercations .

Although he gets on well with the female dogs so possibly a male thing.

He is still a bouncy puppy , he needs training and guidance .

He is very boisterous and full of it !

He needs , time , patience and work !!

Needs lead work , 99% housetrained.

Can be left but not for long periods.

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Name: Misty

I am looking for a foster for Misty, no children due to her guarding items.

A calm home without too many visitors , Misty can be dog free or with younger like minded dogs who will tolerate her as she can be a little over bearing .

Misty had a bad start in life , she will need a foster who can work her .

You will have help and advice from a behaviourist.

LOCATION - Newcastle upon Tyne, NE27

NAME OF DOG Misty

BREED OF DOG Lab/Cocker cross

SEX OF DOG Female

COLOUR OF DOG Black

CURRENT WEIGHT 15kg

AGE OR DOB OF DOG 21 months

DISTINGUISHING MARKINGS White flash on chest

DATE OF NEUTERING October 2023

DATE OF LAST WORM TREATMENT February 2024

DATE OF LAST FLEA/TICK TREATMENT May 2024

DATE OF LAST BOOSTER October 2023

IS DOG CURRENTLY ON ANY MEDICATION? IF SO PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. No

HIP OR JOINT PROBLEMS? Yes

SKIN PROBLEMS? No

EAR INFECTIONS? No

EYE PROBLEMS? No

BLADDER PROBLEMS? No

EPILEPSY? No

HEART PROBLEMS? No

FOOD ALLERGIES? No

ANY OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS AT ALL? PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. Has luxating patella in knee joint on left back leg. Diagnosed October 2023. Surgery to correct would require 6 weeks crate rest which she would not tolerate and could still result in arthritis later in life so inclination at present is to keep weight in good range and support muscle development.

IS THE DOG GOOD WITH PEOPLE? PLEASE GIVE DETAILS OF HOW INTERACTS WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, STRANGERS ETC. Nervous of some people especially if a surprise. Is ok with family and friends that she has gotten to know but may bark at first.

HAS THE DOG BEEN IN CONTACT WITH CHILDREN? Had contact with my 4 year old grandaughter and generally been ok although we supervise contact - has resource guarding issues so would advise household with no children or older children.

SHOULD NOT LIVE WITH CHILDREN? Yes

IS THE DOG AFRAID OF OR REACTIVE TO WOMEN? MEN? OTHER DOGS? OTHER ANIMALS? HOUSEHOLD ITEMS? THUNDER/LOUD NOISES? ANYTHING ELSE? Can be nervous of people and has jumped up at them. On lead can be nervous of other dogs more confident off lead but takes things a bit too far with play. Nonissues with loud noises may bark a little - has barked at vacuum cleaner, but working on this.

IS THE DOG GOOD WITH ALL OTHER DOGS?

A bit over bearing with smaller dogs. More respectful of larger dogs - ok with dogs when beating with my partner. Does play with family dogs especially larger younger dogs but can take play too far.

HOW DOES THE DOG NORMALLY INTERACT WITH OTHER DOGS? She intimidates my older dog who is 14, knocking him over, nipping him and pushing him out of the way at dinner time etc. as a result he barks at her which raises his anxiety.

HOW DOES THE DOG REACT TO CATS? Not good with cats.

IS THE DOG RELIABLY HOUSETRAINED? Yes

CRATE TRAINED? OR NOT USED A CRATE WHILST WITH YOU? No not used crate

IS THE DOG RELIABLE AT DOORS/GATES OR PRONE TO BOLTING? PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. She will go out for a look but generally comes straight beck in when asked. Some issues when post being delivered or someone knocks at door/rings door bell. Using go to room command and working to desensitise to the door bell.

HOW IS THE DOG ON A LEAD? Quite good on lead if you and she focus was good on two point harness and lead but had to stop using harness due to her reaction to it. Lead work need on going reinforcement which is harder if we are walking two dogs together which we try to avoid but cannot always due to my work commitments. Walks well to heel off lead. She is very strong and does pull hard which has impacted on my arthritis.

RECALL: Has excellent recall responds to three blasts of whistle, came command or standing with arms outstretched.

DOES THE DOG HAVE SEPARATION ANXIETY?

We have left her for up to three hours on a few occasions and she is getting better with something to chew play with and somewhere she likes to lie - on our stairs. We have cameras so been able to observe. We need to separate the dogs as Misty will nip and hump him and he will not settle.

IS THE DOG AGGRESSIVE WITH FOOD? TOYS? ANY KIND OF RESOURCE GUARDING? PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. Not aggressive with food, but is a resource guarder which has resulted in some bite incidents however we have now learned how to manage this.

HAS THE DOG EVER BITTEN ANYONE? IF SO PLEASE GIVE DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED, TRIGGER? Yes have had some bite incidents all related to resource guarding other than one where I was sorting her bed when she was in it - possible leaning over/crowding her and she nipped my upper arm. She may have had a sore tail at the time. Others all related to guarding things where we approached situation wrongly and have worked with behaviourist and feel this is improving with our changed response to the situation. Our main worry is for our granddaughter when she visits - visits have reduced as a result of risks related to biting.

IS THE DOG OBSESSED WITH BALLS? OTHER TOYS? Likes balls which are effective items fir getting her to give things up although she is reluctant to give them up but when she has a ball she is not interested in anyone or any other dogs which is good and she will come in to get lead on even if she has a ball, however struggles to walk heel with ball in mouth.

DOES THE DOG HAVE ANY BAD OR UNUSUAL HABITS? Carries blankets around and can be a trip hazard have introduced raised bed to see if that helps and have cut up blankets into smaller pieces so she can carry them around. She tends to do this when needing to go out to toilet so it is good signal. She can be agitated when needing to go to toilet.

DOG'S FEEDING ROUTINE:

Fed twice a day - raw food 450 g per day 300g in am and 150g pm after walks. We use grain free kibble as treats and hit dog for high value treats. Larger chewable treat before bad after last walk.

WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND THE DAY?

Between living room kitchen and hall depending on what we are doing and where we are. She likes to be as close to us as possible, we try to keep the dogs separate. She tends to lie on stairs if I am working upstairs and is quite chilled.

WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND THE NIGHT?

In her bed on floor beside our bed. She settles well but may wake us in night for a wee.

WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND TIME IF LEFT ALONE IN THE HOUSE?

Freedom of kitchen and hall. My other dog is confined to living room.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S PREFERED BEDDING AND PLACE TO SLEEP. She has a bed upstairs and has raised bed and hard bed with vet bed downstairs. Likes to sleep on stairs. Does drag bedding around and is prone to distraction

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S CURRENT EXERCISE ROUTINE: Generally two walks per day up to 1 hour each enjoys run off lead asap and has wee and poo usually. We try to encourage her to do hunting type activities which she loves. This is also good to get her to drop things. She loves interacting with you during walks.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S ENERGY LEVELS. Quite high energy but does settle well until she needs to go to the toilet.

NEEDS MODERATE AMOUNT OF EXERCISE/TRAINING. Yes

HOW IS THE DOG WITH GROOMING? DESCRIBE HOW HE COPES WITH BRUSHING, NAILS, BATHING ETC. Given her a brush which she seems to enjoy but not bathed other than washing down with hose with warm water. Having some issues recently with drying.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S BEST QUALITIES, THE THINGS THAT MAKE HER SPECIAL. She is a lovable little dog who craves love and affection and wants to be with you all the time. She loves cuddles and is really bright and she picks things up really quickly. She is like this 95% of the time and will make a really good little dog for the right person who can understand what she is telling them and help her work through it. We are very conflicted about this but need to consider the needs of our other dog and our granddaughter.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S IDEAL HOME, WHAT KIND OF FAMILY WOULD HE SUIT, AND WHERE WOULD HE BE HAPPIEST. Home with people more sensitive to her mood changes, perhaps with younger dogs that can tolerate her energy levels and help her to develop and improve interaction with other dogs. Would also do well as an only dog as she loves the attention. Good if there are two people as she is quite intensive in her need for attention and great if they have more time to spend with her. Ideally a house with fewer things she can pick up. Would suggest no children or older children who can understand what to do if she has something that she shouldn’t. She is ok with visitors and best if entry can be managed with a gate so that visitors can settle before she comes to meet them.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR FOSTER DOG THAT HASN'T BEEN COVERED ABOVE? Misty is a little conundrum who clearly has some issues that we don’t fully understand, and I feel now that we don’t have the skills needed to help her overcome whatever trauma she has suffered in her past. When she came to us she had no issues for the first 6/7 months with issues only emerging around December last year. We have made good progress with her but lost some confidence and trust with recent set backs. If we did not have the issues with our grandaughter and other older dog I think we would persevere with her with help and support from our behaviourist as we have had a few really good weeks.

She has lots of good qualities that could be built on but the current environment with our other dog is not healthy for either of them with Misty becoming distressed and pacing as my other dog barks at her. At other times she has knocked him over and nipped him which has distressed him. I don’t think this would happen if other dogs were younger and able to play/ interact positively with her.

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