• Support a BTRF Foster Dog

  • Make a difference and 'Support a BTRF Foster Dog' TODAY!

    The number of foster dogs coming into our care in need of ongoing medical and / or behavioural back up and support is increasing. Many are needing expensive medication and regular health checks and will stay in forever or long term foster care because of these needs.

    Your support will help pay for any on-going vet bills, medication, specialist food, enrichment toys and behavioural care, whilst they live their lives with us in foster.  

  • If you would like to make a donation towards the ongoing support for our long term foster dogs please visit our DONATE page - there are lots of ways you can contribute! THANKYOU!

    Here are their stories - check back regularly for updates!


  • Introducing 'Jiminy Cricket'

    Hi everyone, I am Jiminy Cricket, or 'Cricket' for short and I am the latest addition to the elite BTRF foster dog team!

    I am just 10 months old and BTRF, with the help of Aunty Lisa (of Quincy fame!) from Canine Thinking, are going to help me to overcome my worries and anxieties around people and other dogs.

    In time I will be ready to go to a new home of my own, that BTRF and Aunty Lisa will find for me - and of course I will need to check them out too! I am just settling in at the moment but I will keep you updated on my training progress, so check back here for updates!

    In the meantime I need some goodies! Aunty Lisa has kindly put together a ‘Wish List’ for me in her new online shop.

    There are lots of things to choose from including my meals for a day, some supplements that apparently I need to help me stay fit and healthy and the best bits, some treats, chews and toys to keep me occupied. I gather it’s called enrichment? But you probably know more about that than me at the moment, although I think I will be learning about this quite quickly!

    So here is the link to go ahead and order things for me. Oh and you can also order stuff for your own Beddies and if you use the voucher code BTRF10 at the checkout you will get a 10% discount which can’t be bad as this means we all benefit!



  • 'Skipper'

    ‘Skipper’ came into our care during lockdown.

    He was suffering from every sign of stress imaginable – panting, pacing, whining, barking, not sleeping, you name it he threw it at us. For this reason, he wasn’t able to go straight into a new home, so we placed him in foster care.

    Because of the state Skipper was in, it was crucial to work closely together with the foster carer, our appointed behavourist on the ground, and the BTRF volunteer behaviourists, to help work through his stress and fears and to help him to adapt to his unavoidable life change.

    The first few days was a time of firefighting and lots of sleepless nights as we all worked together to help ‘Skipper’ and to support his foster family. There were a lot of adjustments we needed to make in those first few days to try to help him relax and decompress and we were all at the end of the phone / messenger – very little sleep for any of us!

    But, a few days in and all the calming enrichment work, lots of choices including several beds and places to sleep, getting his diet sorted and the chance to just allow him to noodle around and get to know his new home environment and his new carers, slowly started to pay off and we saw him begin to turn a corner! There were no walks for the first week – way too scary for ‘Skipper’ to be introduce into his wider environment when he couldn’t even cope with his new home life.

    We were guided by Skipper’s foster carers as to when he would be ready to gradually introduce him to his new world beyond the front door. Because he was ready, he was really able to enjoy the experience! The lad is on his way to gradually being able to enjoy some more new life experiences.


  • 'Shandy'

    'Shandy' is one of our first ever 'Twilight Foster Dogs'. He is now 13 years old and a Beddie x Whippet who came into our care in 2017. He was due to be put to sleep but fortunately another breed rescue stepped in and then contacted us for our help. We immediately came to his aid and placed him in BTRF foster care. It quickly became apparent that he had medical issues in the form of seizures and significant anxiety to the outside world, which sadly appeared to be exacerbating his medical condition. We immediately found him the medical treatment he needed and appointed a highly qualified behaviourist, Helen Greenley, to work with the foster carers to help him with his fear of the world outside the safety of his foster home.

    Shandy will stay with us for his twilight years because of his medical needs. But as the behavioural care helped to address his anxieties he now loves his walks with his house buddy, Chester and enjoys life to the full!


  • 'Little Mo'

    Little 'Mo' came into foster care with us last year.

    Like 'Shandy' she suffered with anxiety to the outside world and has needed regular behavioural back up and support to help build her confidence and to help her cope better with life. She also has allergies which we need to treat on a regular basis.

    Little 'Mo' is doing really well but will be in long term foster while we help address her behavioural and medical needs.