If you have a new dog moving into your hostel, you should try and find out as much information as you can before they move in. You may want to interview the owner yourself so you can ask questions about their dog or you could ask your referral agencies to complete a referral form for the dog in advance.
Dogs Trust has put together some referral guidelines to help hostels ask the right questions of new residents with dogs. You can download the guidelines and use them to create a form or compile a list of questions to ask residents which is specific to your hostel.
It’s essential to speak to dog owners about providing veterinary care for their dog. Find out if they are able to access veterinary treatments either through a charitable scheme or privately. If they are accessing a private vet, check whether they have insurance for their dog.
The Dogs Trust Hope Project Veterinary Scheme is open to any dog owner who is homeless or living in temporary accommodation, for example a hostel. If your hostel will be accepting dogs, please contact us so that we can ensure there is a veterinary practice near your hostel for your residents to use. Please note that all dogs on our scheme need to be neutered and microchipped within 4 months to continue receiving help from us so you may need to discuss this with new residents.
Once a new resident and dog have moved into your hostel, it’s important to monitor how they are coping with their dog. If you provide regular key work sessions for your residents, include the dog in these sessions so that you can identify any problems early on and provide advice and support if needed.