Fostering children when you have pets

We catch up with El, the abandoned puppy

09 October 2018

Many of our foster carers have pets and we welcome enquiries from those with pets in the home. While there may be some children and young people who can't be matched with pet-owners, there are many who would fit in very well with families that own four-legged friends!

At the beginning of the year, Team Fostering foster carers Karl and Antony were in the press for adopting El, a puppy who had been abandoned over the festive season. We caught up with them about El's progress..

Karl and Antony have had El since January 2018. She was found abandoned on December 28th after she had been dumped in a plastic bag on a path in Ingleby Barwick. She was found with skin sores across her body and was suffering from Demodectic Mange, which resulted in her having no fur. The night she was discovered the temperature was dropping and was at almost -2 degrees, with snow covering the ground.

The family that initially found El made a Facebook and a 'Go Fund Me' page to try and raise money for the treatment she needed to get better. The pages quickly gained over 1500 followers from across the world, and messages began to pour in from those who wanted to take El in. In the end, after meeting with several of the hopeful parties, the family decided that foster carers Karl and Antony should be the ones to give El her forever home. 

After such a horrendous start for her last Christmas, Karl and Antony have recently worked with the RSPCA, who have decided to feature El as the star of their 2018 Christmas campaign!

Karl and Antony have been fostering with Team Fostering for a number of years. El has impacted their day to day lives in a positive way, particularly in their role as foster carers. The children and young people that they've looked after since adopting the dog have all taken to her incredibly well, and it's been joyous for Karl and Antony to see young people cheered up and comforted by her.

If you're considering fostering but would like to know more about how fostering can impact your family as pet-owners, speak to us today by:


Below is a photo of El living in her forever home with Karl and Antony, along with a photo of how she looked when she was first rescued. What a transformation!