Lucky dog


Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

fostering dogs

Through her fostering efforts, Dr Laura Arndt of Church St Dental in Wyong, NSW, has given many dogs a new lease of life. 

“I’ve been fostering dogs through Dog Rescue Newcastle since we moved to the Central Coast in 2015. The dogs are all in pretty tough situations. Some are on death row and others have owners who have gone into nursing homes and can no longer care for their pet. There are also dogs that belonged to people who have moved interstate and had to give up their dog. 

“I usually pick up the dog from a shelter or the pound. While it’s staying with us, I’m actively searching for a new forever home for the dog. I’ll take photos and write up a post and place it all online in a searchable database. If anyone is interested, they can apply to meet the dog.

“Younger dogs are pretty easy to re-home. I was looking after a Jack Russell that had about 50 applications. It took about a week to find him a new family. Older dogs can be a little more difficult but some people prefer them. An older dog is calmer and easier to manage. They’re usually toilet-trained and don’t have all the issues of puppies.

“As a foster carer, I get to choose who’ll be the new owner of the dog. I look for people who understand the commitment they’re taking on. They have to realise there will be vet bills and be prepared to pay them. We also do a yard check of their home to ensure they have proper fencing. What I really want to see is people who want to make the dog part of their family. 

“Breeds such as cattle dogs need a lot of exercise so I’ll look at a person’s lifestyle. Most of our cattle dogs have gone to people with farms. One cattle dog went to a marathon runner in Taree who takes the dog on her training runs.

“I was fostering a cavoodle called Harvey, who I ended up keeping. He’s been trained as a therapy dog and comes to the practice with me to help anxious patients. He sits next to them in the surgery but if they want him to sit on their lap, that’s fine too.

“Fostering dogs is an incredibly rewarding thing to do. A lot of the dogs haven’t had such a good life and I can turn that around. If you’re considering getting a dog, I would encourage you to investigate rescued dogs. We fully understand their temperament and medical issues, and we have a full history of the dog. There are no surprises for the new owner.” 

Previous articleNew customisable, strontium-filled scaffold to improve dental implant healing
Next articleDr Rohan Krishnan—the advocate


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here