Become a Foster Carer for NZCR

How to Apply to be a Foster Carer:

To be considered to become a foster carer, please download and fill out the appropriate application form below and forward to our email with any supporting information. Please do not email the rescue in the first instance expressing your interest, we require the completed forms and supporting information to consider you to become a foster carer.

Our foster application form and foster manual should be reviewed prior to you submitting your application. Please read both carefully for an overview of your obligations as a foster carer and ensure you are able to commit as it is more than just housing a dog until adoption. 

We rely heavily on stable carers to enable us to take in those dogs who need to be rescued or re-homed. If approved, you will be added to our database of foster carers, should a dog become available in your area.

Foster Carers need to be willing and able to provide the following:

  • A healthy and safe environment for the foster dog.
  • Transportation to and from vet appointments.
  • Socialization, training and handling.
  • Enough free time required to successfully foster a dog.
  • Be able to make the commitment to being a foster parent.
  • Meet with potential Adopters in order to introduce the dog.

Please carefully consider whether you are seriously able to commit to becoming a foster carer, prior to submitting your application.

Although we are based in Christchurch, we are looking for foster carers from all over New Zealand to add to our database of foster carers.

Application Form and Manual

Please fill out the below form and email NZCR at The forms are PDF but CANNOT be edited with a computer, the reason being, we require your signature on the document. The original signed form needs to be retained and forwarded to the Trust should you be successful. Please DO NOT contact the Trust in the first instance, we will refer you back to the form.