Fos­ter­ing can be so re­ward­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Cats Protection - Sheri­dan Gaunt is spokes­woman for Peterborough Cats pro­tec­tion

In­ter­ested in be­com­ing cat fos­ter carer? Over the last few years the Peterborough branch of Cats Pro­tec­tion has helped over 1,000 cats and kit­tens. Un­for­tu­nately each year, the vol­ume of cats that rely on the help of an­i­mal char­i­ties, be­cause they have been aban­doned, strayed or a change in their own­ers cir­cum­stances in­creases. And al­ready it looks like 2017 is go­ing to be an­other tough year for our fe­line friends.

With­out our fos­ter­ers, it would be im­pos­si­ble to help the hun­dreds of cats and kit­tens des­per­ate for our help. Vol­un­teer fos­ter­ers play a piv­otal role in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of these cats and kit­tens and to­gether we work to give each and ev­ery one a sec­ond chance in life and help to cre­ate happy end­ings for them.

As a fos­terer you take a cat into your home tem­po­rar­ily and pro­vide the daily care and all the TLC it needs un­til we find it’s purr-fect for­ever home. Fos­ter­ing not only ben­e­fits cats and kit­tens, it pro­vides cat lovers with an op­por­tu­nity to give back and help cats in the best way they can.

Some vol­un­teer fos­ter­ers can’t com­mit to own­ing a cat 365 days a year, oth­ers fos­ter be­cause they want to of­fer their spare time and space in their home to a cat in need, and pre­fer do­ing some­thing prac­ti­cal rather than just do­nat­ing money to a needy cause.

The one com­mon fac­tor is that they all love cats and do it for the joy it brings them ev­ery day…

Ev­ery cat or kit­ten has a dif­fer­ent need and we look to match their needs with the right type of fos­terer. This can be any­thing from the gen­tle as­pect of re-es­tab­lish­ing rou­tine and life back in a home en­vi­ron­ment, to the most spe­cial­ist level of fos­ter care of hand rear­ing kit­tens. There re­ally is some­thing to suit ev­ery­one!

To be­come a vol­un­tary fos­terer, all you need is a spare room or if there are no other pets, an area in your home for a cat or kit­tens to set­tle in.

You will need to be con­fi­dent around cats, have a car- ing but prac­ti­cal per­son­al­ity, have time to spend with them on a daily ba­sis, en­joy in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple, at­tend vet­eri­nary ap­point­ments, be happy to fol­low and ad­here to our cat care stan­dards and char­ity poli­cies. In re­turn for your time, pa­tience and TLC, we will pro­vide all the food, lit­ter and equip­ment, pay the vets bills and of­fer full train­ing, sup­port and ad­vice so you feel con­fi­dent and happy in your role.

If you would like to find out more about be­com­ing a vol­un­teer fos­terer please con­tact us on 0345 371 2750 or email us at pe­ter­bor­ough­cat­spro­tec­

Pho­tographed is 7 year old Hope. Hope came into our branch last week, af­ter it ap­peared she was left be­hind when her own­ers moved house, some­time last year. She can now have hope as she will be looked af­ter by us un­til we can find her a new for­ever home. She is al­ready purring for her fos­terer and rolling over for tummy rubs.

Jan says” the role of a vol­un­teer fos­terer gives me the great­est sense of ful­fil­ment I could wish for. Be­ing part of their jour­ney, from the hum­ble be­gin­ning to see­ing them set­tled in their for­ever homes is some­thing very spe­cial in­deed”

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