Could you foster a home­less pet?

EADT Suffolk - - Inside - To find out more about be­com­ing a Blue Cross foster carer visit­, call 0300 777 1480 or email suf­folk@blue­

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!

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