Fos­ter­ing kit­tens re­ward­ing – carer

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ANNA LOREN

It’s kit­ten sea­son again and the SPCA is des­per­ately ap­peal­ing for help with its over­flow­ing cat­tery.

Tem­po­rary fos­ter homes are be­ing sought for cats and kit­tens while they grow big and healthy enough to be adopted.

And with up to 150 an­i­mals coming through the doors of the An­i­mal Vil­lage in Man­gere ev­ery day, fos­ter homes can’t be found soon enough.

Carol MacDon­ald has been fos­ter­ing kit­tens for the SPCA for the past 20 years and says it’s an easy way to make a dif­fer­ence.

‘‘The good thing about the SPCA is they sup­ply ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing,’’ she says. ‘‘I just need to give my time and a bit of love and at­ten­tion – that’s all they need.’’

Ms MacDon­ald has fos­tered hun­dreds of kit­tens over the years and says it’s hugely re­ward­ing.

‘‘The best thing is see­ing them come in and they’re small and some­times really quiet and really shy, then see­ing them go out and they’re healthy and bubbly.’’

Fos­ter car­ers pro­vide tem­po­rary homes for an­i­mals who are re­cov­er­ing from surgery or ill­ness or for an­i­mals who need to put on weight be­fore they’re able to be adopted.

SPCA fos­ter co-or­di­na­tor Karyn Sage says sum­mer is the busiest time of the year for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and any pub­lic help is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘‘Fos­ter homes pro­vide a life­line for the an­i­mals. Our fos­ter par­ents lit­er­ally help save lives.’’

The SPCA sup­plies all food, lit­ter, lit­ter trays, carry cage, toys, bed­ding and med­i­ca­tion if re­quired.

Fos­ter car­ers need to have a se­cure area – such as a spare bed­room, laun­dry or bath­room – to keep the an­i­mals safe and con­tained for the du­ra­tion of their stay, usu­ally three to five weeks.

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