Rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome—these are the three Rs of animal rescue. Fostering is a key component of the second R as volunteers take in dogs, cats, and other types of animals that need extra support. Aside from the safe space they provide, the love and attention given by foster parents help the rescues become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. This is an important factor before they can move on and be adopted into furever homes.
Curious about fostering dogs in the northeastern part of Australia? Check out this helpful guide! It breaks down where you can offer fostering assistance, interact with like-minded people, and find other related sources:
- Rescues in need of dog foster carers
- Facebook groups to join
- Dog fostering resources to read
Rescues in need of dog foster carers
Whether you reside in Brisbane, Gold Coast, or other parts of Queensland, there’s surely a non-profit group nearby that needs your help. Some rescues require urgent assistance, so if you’re willing to take in a young pup or aging pooch at a moment’s notice, reach out to let them know.
Note that dog rescues typically need to find out what type of residence the dog will stay in, if the property is fully fenced, and where the canine will be kept. Some ask what type of dog you prefer to take care of (age, gender, size, and those with special needs), if you have existing pets or children, and your previous experience with dogs.
- A Mini Rescue
- All Breeds Canine Rescue Inc
- Animals-in-Need-Brisbane Inc.
- Beagle Rescue QLD
- Best Friends Rescue
- Chihuahua Rescue Queensland
- Devoted 2 Dachshund Rescue
- Gumtree Greys
- 4 Paws Animal Rescue Inc.
- Adoptadane Rescue Qld Inc
- All 4 Dachshunds Inc
- Angel-Paws Inc.
- Animal Rehoming Tablelands
- Animal Rescue Tablelands Inc.
- Brave Companions Dog Rescue
- Bull Terrier Rescue Australia
- Cairns Animal Rescue Inc
- Capricorn Animal Aid
- Dachshund Rescue Australia
- Dogue De Bordeaux Rescue
- Found Hearts Limited
- Greyhound Adoption Program Qld
- Gladstone PAWS
- Hear No Evil Australian Deaf Dog Rescue
- Little Legs Dog & Cat Rescue Qld Inc
- Lucky Paws Dog Rescue Inc.
- Mackay Animal Rescue Society
- Paws Hoofs and Claws Inc.
- Qld Staffy & AmStaff Rescue
- Rescues4Pets Inc
- RSPCA Queensland
- Small Paws Animal Rescue QLD
- Southern Downs ARK
- Young Animal Protection Society
TIP: Visit PetRescue regularly to see their updated list of rescue groups in need of pet Australia-based foster carers.
Facebook groups to join
Join these online communities so you can gain tips and insights from other dog fosters:
- QSAR Foster Fails & Adoptions – Foster carers, adopters, and other volunteers of Qld Staffy & AmStaff Rescue can share photos, tales, and updates of their furkids in this exclusive community.
- Rescues4Pets Foster Community – This is a SEQ-based private group created by Rescues4Pets Inc. This digital space allows fosters, adopters, and other volunteers to exchange stories and ask for support. It also allows the Rescues4Pets team to share updates about the rescue’s efforts.
- RSPCA Queensland Foster Carers – A closed group mainly for RSPCA Queensland Foster Carers. It was created to help circulate information to foster carers.
You can also check out more Facebook groups that welcome foster carers residing in Australia:
- Adopt/Foster/Rehome – Pets in Need Australia – With more than 79,000 members, this social platform allows rescues (and sometimes even individuals) to post animals in need of foster parents or permanent homes.
- Adopting & Fostering Pets (Aust.) – This public group shares posts on adoptable animals or ones that require fostering.
- Animal Foster Carer Network Australia – Rescue groups can find experienced and reputable foster carers through this online network.
- Foster Carers Express (for animals only) – Anyone from Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand can join this public Facebook community. It helps connect local rescues with possible pet carers.
Dog fostering resources to read
Whether you’re a new carer or one that’s getting back into fostering, we have online tools that’ll help you be the best canine foster carer.
Guide from Greyhound Adoption Program Qld
Downloadable guides from RSPCA Queensland
- Canine body language
- Chewing and destructiveness
- Entertaining your dog
- Food stealing
- Getting used to cars
- Puppy socialisation checklist
- Safe puppy activities
- Settling puppies at night
Guide from Qld Staffy & AmStaff Rescue
Guides from Waldo’s Friends
- Crate train basics
- Clip a dog’s nails safely
- Help an anxious dog
- Potty train and crate train a puppy
- Remove ticks and fleas on a dog
- Stop a dog from barking
- Successfully groom a dog at home
Dog fostering can be a unique, life-changing experience not just for you, but also for the pooches you take in. Don’t just take our word for it. Read these inspiring foster stories on our website, and learn everything you need to know about being a dog foster carer.