Fostering is in FIFO workers’ favour

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 16 April 2013 | 2 Comments


The Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park is encouraging FIFO workers to follow the lead of Greenwood resident Nanette Belton and learn more about the rewards involved with becoming a temporary carer for one of the shelter’s homeless dogs.


Ms Belton has been fostering 10-year-old staffy cross Jacks for the past few months during her time back in Perth, as part of the refuge's canine foster care program.

A refuge volunteer for the past three years, Ms Belton says her work commitments make it impossible to own her own pet, but says being able to foster dogs in need is the next best thing.

“Fostering a dog from the Shenton Park refuge is not only a great thing to do in terms of helping the abandoned dog concerned, it’s also extremely rewarding and I get a great deal out of it personally,” she said.

“I know there are many people like me that can’t have a permanent dog because they work away and I’m sure there are also many FIFO workers out there who would love to spend time with a dog, and I’d urge those animal lovers to get in touch with the refuge and find out more about the fostering program.”

Karen Rhodes, President of the Refuge, says foster carers give the shelter valuable feedback about the dogs who they temporarily care for.

“Thanks to Nan, we now know what Jacks is like in a home environment which is really helpful for new owners,” she said. “In Jack’s case, we know that he loves to be around people, is great with children, and loves his walks.

“We’d urge local people who are in a similar situation to Nan to find out more about our fostering program; our shelter relies on the support of the community, and this is one way that dog lovers can help the many abandoned dogs in our care.”

To learn more about the Dogs’ Refuge Home foster care program, or to gain more information about volunteering opportunities, contact the refuge on 9381 8166 or go to

Anyone interested in meeting Jacks or giving him a home should contact the refuge on 9381 8166.

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  • Good on you Nan. From a fellow FIFO same place. We adopted from Shenton as well.

    Posted by Klem Christensen, 16/04/2013 6:12pm (5 years ago)

  • Excellent idea and look how Jacks is so comfortable!

    Posted by Ali, 16/04/2013 5:39pm (5 years ago)

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