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

North Queensland Animal Rescue (NQAR) is a foster based rescue organisation, meaning that all pets in our care live in homes with families, instead of being at a shelter. All new foster carers must complete a foster application, sign an agreement and undergo a brief home check as part of the induction process. 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, but 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 supported by the lovely, and very talented Linda Mair from Canine Training School who allows our foster carers to take their foster dogs to her classes free of charge as she knows this gives our dogs best chance at finding a new home.

ALL pets are desexed, c5 vaccinated, micro-chipped and given flea, tick and worm preventatives when they come into foster care, so it may be that, as a foster carer you will have to transport them to or from the vet whilst they’re in your care.

The vets that support NQAR and that we use for vetting our dogs are: Ulysses Veterinary Clinic Cairns, Cairns Vet Clinic, and Edmonton Veterinary Clinic and Cattery.

A lot of people say that could never foster because they couldn’t bear to give the dog up and to that we say: 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, and when you know the dog is going to a place where it will be provided the same care and love you have given it, it does make the transition a little easier. 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 really do 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.