Could you foster a homeless pet?
THE Blue Cross pet charity at Wherstead near Ipswich is appealing to Suffolk animal lovers to join a volunteering scheme that offers foster care to needy homeless pets.
Volunteer fosterers take Blue Cross pets into their own homes and care for them until loving families can be found. Fostering is ideal for pets who are struggling to cope in a kennel or cattery environment. The charity also needs foster homes for dogs and cats recovering from illness and operations, and it is ideal for litters of puppies and kittens who need important socialisation in the first weeks and months of their lives.
Steve Roberts, from Ipswich, has been a Blue Cross foster volunteer for the last three years. He explains: “Fostering is such a rewarding experience, especially when an animal you’ve cared for goes off to a loving new home. I would love to have a pet of my own, but caring for rescue cats and dogs on a foster basis is so fulfilling. It’s also ideal for those who enjoy animal companionship, but don’t want the lifetime commitment of owning a pet.”
Blue Cross provides volunteers with all the equipment and skills needed to look after pets in their own homes. Special training, expenses, pet food and behaviour advice are all taken care of by the charity.
Buster is just one of the many Blue Cross pets who would benefit from spending time in a foster home. The six-year-old black Labrador arrived at the charity because his owner could no longer care for him. During a routine veterinary check at the centre, vets discovered lump on his leg, which was diagnosed as an aggressive cancer. Thankfully Buster has been given the all clear, after two surgeries, and will soon be looking for a loving new family.
Karina Grimwade, centre manager at Blue Cross Suffolk adds: “Blue Cross takes in thousands of homeless and unwanted pets every year. While our staff and volunteers give pets the very best care, nothing can beat a loving home. We like to get poorly, young and stressed pets into foster homes, but we desperately need more volunteers.”
Potential foster volunteers need to live in the Ipswich area or within driving distance of the Bourne Hill centre.
Buster, looking forward to his new home, once he gets the post-surgery collar off!