WHEN people think of foster care it's often associated with children, but not too many people realise foster care can include taking on canines.
The Animal Protection Association of Australia (APAA) based at Corindi Beach, is calling for more carers to temporarily accommodate for homeless dogs until permanent homes can be found.
APAA founder, Sally Wilson explained they currently have a small army of foster carers and explained the dog fostering program is a cost-effective way to care for the dogs
"We don't have a shelter but find our foster care system works extremely well."
"There is an enormous cost involved with establishing and running a shelter, whereas a dog fostering program can be run on a shoestring budget in comparison," she said.
A significant number of pooches are cared for in shelters each year with the latest RSPCA report on animal outcomes from our shelters, care and adoption centres stated they sheltered 45,954 dogs in 2013-14.
Taking the pressure off shelters by temporarily adopting a dog in need has plenty of advantages for both the community and the dog having the opportunity to live in a loving home environment.
From there, the dog can be properly assessed by the carer to establish the dog's potential and the most suitable home for the dog.
"We often get what we call 'foster failures', some foster carers fall in love with the dog and end up adopting it," Sally said.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer for dogs, APAA can be reached by calling 0409 824 803 or by emailing: apaa@internode .on.net.