Dogs2fosterUK was founded by Jo Brewer in November 2018 following the loss of two of her own beloved rescue dogs, Holly and Nacho.
Jo had grown up surrounded by rescue animals on her families small holding in the New Forest. "I can't recall us ever actually buying a pet, all our animals were either abandoned or unwanted for one reason or another! In fact, when I count the ponies, our donkey, the chickens, rabbits, ducks, dogs, cats etc., we had over 80 animals at any one time and rarely did any of them leave! Animals have always been a huge part of my life.
For some time Jo had wanted to eventually set up an animal sanctuary in the New Forest, however, as Managing Director of her own business it was difficult to commit the time to the project particularly with a young son as well.
Then in 2018, Jo's family lost their second beloved dog Nacho to cancer. "Nacho was an ex-hunting dog from Spain, the abuse he had suffered was horrendous out there, he was covered in scars and an older boy. He was rescued by a wonderful lady who nursed him back to health until we adopted him. Nacho was the most wonderful dog, a true gentleman. This is how we became involved with two small Spanish dog rescues as well, we adopted dogs from both of them having found it near on impossible to adopt a dog through all the large charities in the UK. We have been huge supporters and friends of these two rescues ever since and regularly foster and find homes for their dogs. We also work with UK dogs as well and help owners that are struggling to look after their dogs or who have had a change in circumstances, we provide foster care until a good home can be found for the dog(s) or until owners can be reunited with their dog if only short-term care is required."
Dogs2fosterUK rehomed 23 dogs in its first year, an incredible achievement! Jo initially financed the organisation her self investing 20k of her own money to get the organisation up and running and as part of her long term commitment to helping animals in need. Jo was also fortunate to have the support of Harry Redknapp "King of the Jungle" and football legend who made a special video of support to encourage people to foster with Dogs2FosterUK. Harry is a renowned animal lover. Harry's video can be viewed on the "Home" page.
Jo is now working hard to help further dogs find loving homes and make the organisation sustainable financially with the "Don't Dump It, Donate It" scheme.
"We are urging people not to throw items of value away, donate it to us to sell, the money raised will help a great cause and it benefits the environment too. To raise money, I can often be found at my local recycling centre where I find brand new items, household items in great condition that I buy and sell on to raise much needed funds. I live on the same road and constantly advertise for items we could sell to raise money for our animal sanctuary project yet still so many people take it straight to the dump! We even offer to collect if its within 3 miles of Marchwood SO40 provided it is able to fit into a car. Please "Don't Dump It, Donate It!" All profits will be donated to the New Forest Animal Sanctuary fund and towards providing more foster homes for dogs in need."