The 12th day of Christ­mas

FOS­TER A FUR BABY

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - EXCLUSIVE -

The SPCA has an un­of­fi­cial tagline – pets are for life, not just for Christ­mas – which is aimed at re­duc­ing the num­ber of pets dumped at shel­ters in the new year. How­ever, the an­i­mal pro­tec­tion so­ci­ety is now seek­ing peo­ple who do want a pet just for Christ­mas. The fes­tive (and sum­mer) sea­son is a no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult time for the SPCA, as many reg­u­lar fos­ter car­ers go away. They need tem­po­rary car­ers who can pro­vide a home for an an­i­mal and maybe a treat on Christ­mas morn­ing. Find out more at spca.nz. The NZ Blind Foun­da­tion also needs car­ers to raise po­ten­tial Guide Dogs from the age of about eight weeks un­til they’re ready to start train­ing at Guide Dogs HQ at around 12-18 months old. The foun­da­tion places around 120 pup­pies with Kiwi fos­ter fam­i­lies each year. Puppy rais­ers will re­ceive on­go­ing sup­port and train­ing in puppy care and all food, reg­is­tra­tion and vet­eri­nary costs are cov­ered by the foun­da­tion. To learn more, visit blind­foun­da­tion.org.nz/guide-dogs/.

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