Applying to volunteer....... become a Fosterer with PFSS.
Before applying to become a fosterer, here is some further and more detailed information on the role together with an on-line application form.
(To apply for other volunteering roles, please go to the link to the on-line form at the foot of this page)
Pet Fostering Service Scotland (PFSS) is experiencing a steady increase in demand for pet fostering, so thank-you for your interest in our charity, as we are always in need of new volunteers.
The application form below can be used for all volunteering roles, however those applying to foster should read the following first:
Applying to become a fosterer is not just a matter of ‘joining’ our charity but as the fosterer will be taking temporary but total responsibility for a pet, which is a life-long companion to its owner, our recruitment process is comprehensive & selective. It can take between 4 to 6 weeks to become a fosterer after applying.
Pet fostering is not an ‘easy’ way to have a temporary pet, it can be demanding, difficult and frustrating, but in the end always rewarding. Fosterers range from students to retirees, but the key to a successful pet foster is having a calm, happy & friendly home where a potentially distressed pet, separated from its owner, can feel care and attention. We therefore need to be assured that the applicant is also able to spend time with the pet, particularly dogs, and able to safely exercise the dog.
- We ask that potential fosterers have some experience of pet care, which may be first hand having had a dog or cat or just been involved with pet care in the past. The reasoning is that pet fostering is not always an easy role, especially initially with a new and perhaps distressed pet, so some experience is key to being able to handle the sitution.
- We ask potential fosterers, who must be over 18, to complete a comprehensive application form, which asks for the name and address of a referee that has known the applicant for over 3 years and who is not a family member. We also carry out a ‘virtual’ home visit combined with an interview. PFSS requires that the applicant signs a declaration relating to any record of ‘criminal behaviour against animals’ & confirmation that the PFSS regulations including confidentiality (that no social media regarding fostering is allowed) and pet care will be met. We also require a 'passport style' 'selfie' photo for the pet fosterers PFSS ID Badge.
Children: Please note that we are unable to recruit new dog fosterers where there are children in the home under 7 years of age. In the case of a new fosterer with minimal experience of dog care, the lower limit for children in the pet foster home is 12 years of age.
Virtual Home Visits: Please note that as part of the recruitment process, we will undertake a virtual home visit for dog fosterers using an agreed ‘video tool’ such as Skype, Whatsapp, Zoom, Facetime etc and for cat fosterers conduct the ‘visit’ by a phone discussion. There will be no video or audio copy of the visit retained.
If you wish to apply, are over 18 and can potentially support a minimum of two individual fosters over a 12 month period, then please complete this on-line application form.
You will receive an acknowledgement when the application is ‘submitted’ via the submit button, and please note it may take up to 6 weeks to process the application and complete the home visit.
The PFSS recruitment team