Caring West Lothian couple share their home with over 200 dogs for charity

The Johnston's marked the 200 milestone.
-Credit: (Image: Dogs Trust West Calder.)


A loving West Lothian couple have been celebrated after they dedicated their time and compassion to voluntarily foster over 200 dogs.

The Dogs Trust West Calder paid tribute to doggie foster parents, Roy and Laura Johnston, from Livingston for reaching the amazing milestone.

Back in 2016 the couple signed up to be foster carers for the Dogs Trust in their local area and since then they have had dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds in their home.

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It all began with a small Shih Tzu called Poppy which ignited the spark that drove them to foster 200 more dogs.

The animal charity says that foster carers play an integral role in helping pooches find their forever home as they are able to prepare them on a temporary basis for going into a household.

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Time and time again, Roy and Laura’s home has been where dogs have experienced love and stability for the first time, which is a wonderful testament to the couple’s nurturing spirit.

From playful puppies to nervous dogs with no experience of life in a home, Roy and Laura’s expertise and patience has helped the dogs flourish, enabling them to find their forever homes.

Speaking about being foster carers for Dogs Trust, the couple said: “It is so rewarding and great to watch every dog’s confidence grow day by day. To anyone considering becoming a foster carer, we would say - go for it!”

Smitten by some of the new arrivals in their home, the Johnston's have also adopted five dogs themselves from the charity with their furry family currently including two Shih Tzus, a Daschund and a French Bulldog.

Kim McNeill, Assistant Manager Administration at Dogs Trust West Calder said: “For some of our dogs, kennel life is not best suited to their needs, and this is when we turn to our incredible foster carers for help. The dedication of our volunteer foster carers is exemplified by the extraordinary efforts of our longest-term foster carers, Roy and Laura Johnston. We are thrilled that their journey with us has reached the amazing milestone of caring for 200 dogs.

“Their commitment extends beyond providing temporary shelter. They go the extra mile to ensure that every dog is well-prepared for their permanent new home when the time comes. This includes providing socialisation, basic training and unconditional love. Their efforts not only transform the lives of the dogs they foster but also enrich the lives of the families who adopt them.

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“We are incredibly fortunate to have Roy and Laura as part of our fostering family and cannot thank them enough for their support over eight years. Their tireless efforts embody the spirit of our mission, and we hope their story serves as an inspiration to others who may be considering opening their home and heart to a foster dog.”

You can support the work of the Dogs Trust by visiting their website here.