Bristol Dogs and Cats Home have launched a new Animal Fostering initiative to try and manage the overwhelming number of animals being brought into their care every day.
Jess Richardson, Fostering Co-ordinator at the Home said, “We are constantly over-flowing with animals in desperate need of new loving homes. In order to ensure our doors are always open to unwanted animals, we are seeking Foster Carers to help provide the additional accommodation needed.“
Fostering has been proven to help animals overcome past trauma and associated behavioural problems, also helping to avoid the stress related to life in a kennel environment. Foster Carers are able to work one on one with the animal in a home environment, improving its chances of finding a new home.
Jess continued, “We are looking for foster homes for both dogs and cats but we have a particularly urgent need for cat fosterers as we have been inundated with unwanted felines, with 60 cats & kittens entering our care in July alone. Canine or feline, big or small, young or old, we have plenty of animals in our care that urgently need your help."
"As a Foster Carer you would be providing a secure, temporary environment with everyday sights, sounds and smells that will afford us a better understanding of the animal’s characteristics. This will enable us to match them to a new home faster and more successfully.”
RSPCA Bristol Branch is made up of the RSPCA Bristol Clinic and Bristol Dogs and Cats Home. Together they provide thousands of local animals with care, shelter, veterinary treatment and a rehoming service, giving them a second chance for a happy life, free from pain or neglect. With so many animals to care for the charity’s annual running costs exceed £1.6 million. Receiving no funding from the National RSPCA, Government or the Lottery, the charity relies on the support from public donations to continue its important work.
Jess continued, “To witness a previously abused or severely stressed animal blossom into a happy, grounded and confident companion, thanks to your commitment, patience and passion, is extremely rewarding.”
All veterinary fees, specialised diets, bedding and equipment will be provided. Access to a vehicle is required for emergencies and for veterinary check ups. If you feel you’ve got what it takes to become a Foster Carer, or would like to discuss this further, please get in touch on 0117 9776043 or email Jess.