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Can I become a Foster Carer if I have a pet?

Enjoying pet ownership brings happiness to lots of people – including children. So being a foster carer with a dog or cat doesn’t mean you can’t be a foster parent. 

Becoming a Foster Parent and owning pets

Pets can be great for children and young people – they can be faithful friends that teach important lessons about responsibility. At CFT, being a foster carer with a dog or another pet is possible.

Owning a dog or a cat does not mean that you can’t be a foster carer. A lot of our current foster carers are pet owners and the children in their care really enjoy having pets around. The only restriction that we place is that we cannot accept any owners of dogs on our Dangerous Dogs list – if you’d like to know if you furry friend is on the list, please get in touch with us today. 

Can Foster Families have Pets?

As part of our Assessment Process we will talk to you about your home – it’s during this discussion that we’ll talk about any pets that you may have.

In the vast majority of cases, owning cats or dogs or any other pets won’t be an issue when becoming a foster carer – in fact, pet ownership can be very therapeutic for children.

If you have any other questions about what becoming a foster parent is like, you can read our pages ‘Become a Foster Carer’ or ‘What Does it Mean to be a Foster Carer?’

Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to someone, just fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible.


“A Foster carers role is extremely hard work, but hugely rewarding. It’s a very slow process to gently piece together and repair the experiences of the child’s life and story, but to see and reflect on the huge changes they make, self belief and confidence they gain give you a fantastic feeling of great job satisfaction.”

Janette – Foster Carer


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