If you would like to become a foster carer for NQAR please complete the Foster Application.

Unlike other rescue groups in the Cairns area which are shelter based, NQAR is a foster based rescue organisation. All foster carers must complete a foster application, sign an agreement and undergo a brief home check. This way, when it comes time to place an animal in care, we can place it in a foster home suitable for its needs.

Our foster carers are the heart of our organisation, not only do they save lives but they make a significant difference to the lives of the pets in their care. The pets we rescue come into foster care for many reasons, usually through no fault of their own. As a foster carer you will be required to provide food, shelter and love to the dog in your care. We also ask that you try and teach your dog some basic commands (if they don’t already know them). Things like sit, drop, having the dog walk comfortably on a lead and manners around their breakfast and dinner will help ensure a better transition into a new home. Socialisation is also really important, with both humans and other dogs.

We are linked in with a couple of dog trainers in Smithfield and Earlville who will allow our foster carers to take their foster dogs free of charge if it means giving them the best chance at finding a new home.

All pets are desexed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and wormed when they come into foster care, so it may be that, as a foster carer you will have to transport them to the vet while they’re in your care.

A lot of people say that they don’t think they could foster because they could never give the dog up. Yes, it can be hard, but we have a thorough adoption process in which we really try to make sure the dog will be going to the very best of homes. It’s also important to remember that pets usually come into foster care when the other re-homing options have run dry, so foster carers give these pets a second chance at life.

Thankyou for your interest in becoming a foster carer for NQAR. We are always keen to work with enthusiastic, compassionate people who would like to help give an animal a second chance at a safe and happy life.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.