Dogs – Guidance for foster carers

Dogs – Guidance for foster carers

Foster carers have to exercise particular care in their choice of family pet and cannot keep dogs which pose a serious threat to their foster children. Choosing a suitable animal is the first step and needs to be followed by rigorous training and good care. As part of GLF’s health and safety checks an annual questionnaire is completed on all pets to ensure that they continue to be acceptable alongside fostering.

Dogs are sometimes responsible for the serious injury and death of children. Nobody believes their family pet is capable of hurting anybody but as a fostering agency we cannot take any chances. For information on the harm that some family pets can cause please see this website:  Foster children are particularly vulnerable as they might aggravate an otherwise docile animal. Foster carers therefore have to be especially careful about the breed of dog they choose to have.

A few dogs are banned from being kept as pets by law. Currently these are: Pitbull, Japanese Tosas, Fila Brasileiros and Dogo Argentinos. GLF has decided to place further restrictions on the dogs which we consider acceptable as pets. We do not think foster carers should keep dogs that, should they become aggressive, have the potential to seriously harm a child.

It is impossible for GLF to produce a definitive list of those dogs we consider unacceptable. However, things we will take into account are; the history of the breed, their size and the type of jaw they have. We must always err on the side of caution. Dogs that GLF have decided should not be part of a fostering household include: Rottweilers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Doberman Pinschers.

If you are thinking about getting a dog you should consult your GLF supervisor before making any decisions. Check out on the internet any breed you are considering. If it has ever been implicated in attacks on children then we are most unlikely to approve this choice. If foster carers choose a dog which the agency considers unsuitable then it is likely that they will be asked to choose between keeping the dog and continuing to foster.




Last Update: January 5, 2019  

January 5, 2019   rich    Foster Care Handbook