The 12th day of Christmas
FOSTER A FUR BABY
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/.