Freedom Project

Providing temporary foster care for dogs belonging to families fleeing domestic violence

How to Apply

Update on volunteering for the Freedom Project in relation to COVID-19/coronavirus

Please read our FAQs carefully here in relation to updates on volunteering as a foster carer in relation to coronavirus. 

If you are interested in applying to become a foster carer for the Freedom Project, we have put together a step-by-step guide to explain the process to you. It usually takes up to 3 weeks to become a registered volunteer.  

Step 1: Initial enquiry – Please complete our online enquiry form and we will send you an application form and information pack so you can find more about what it means to be a volunteer foster carer. We may also give you a call to chat about the project and whether the opportunity is right for you.

Step 2: Application form - If you are still interested in becoming a foster carer once you have found out more about the project, please fill out the application form. You will also need to provide us with the contact details of two referees who have seen you caring for dogs in your own home. We will only check your references after your home interview. We will also ask that you send us some photos of your house and garden.

Step 3: Home interview – Once we have received your completed application form, we will arrange a time to carry out an informal interview either in your own home or via video call. This will give us the opportunity to talk to you in more detail about your experience of dogs. Ideally, we would like to meet the whole family at the home interview, particularly if there are other adults in your household. At the home interview we will also ask to see proof of identity. 

Step 4: References – After the home interview we will contact the two referees that you listed on your application form and ask them to provide references for you. We will then place you on our list of approved foster carers.

Step 5: Getting your first foster dog –We will contact you as soon as a new dog comes onto the project who we think would be suitable for you. If there is a little bit of a wait until your first foster dog, it will be because we are waiting to match the right dog to you.

If you think being a volunteer foster carer is the right opportunity for you, why not fill out our enquiry form today?