Can you fos­ter a pet for SPCA?

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

Kit­ten sea­son has be­gun and Ro­torua SPCA is call­ing for lo­cal Ki­wis to open their hearts and homes as fos­ter par­ents to an­i­mals in need over sum­mer.

From November to March, SPCA al­ways see a huge in­flux of queens (mother cats) and their kit­tens. The cen­tres soon reach burst­ing point, with no room for in­com­ing an­i­mals.

Peo­ple are asked to fos­ter an­i­mals to ease pressure on busy SPCA cen­tres.

A fos­ter fam­ily pro­vides a tem­po­rary home for an­i­mals, of­ten help­ing them re­cover from surgery, giv­ing them medicine, and help­ing so­cialise them and be­come used to a home en­vi­ron­ment.

Fos­ter fam­i­lies are crit­i­cal for many an­i­mals, as they are given care they need be­fore be­ing adopted by their for­ever homes.

The Ro­torua SPCA cen­tre is pre­par­ing for an in­flux of kit­tens in the com­ing months, and is call­ing for fos­ter fam­i­lies in the re­gion.

“We have a lim­ited amount of space and peo­ple in our cen­tres to care for th­ese an­i­mals, so we rely on our fan­tas­tic fos­ter­ers to of­fer tem­po­rary homes for them,” says Sue Kin­sella, area man­ager for Ro­torua Lakes.

“It’s an in­cred­i­bly self­less thing to do, as it gives the an­i­mal a sec­ond chance at life.”

Fos­ter­ing in­volves car­ing for an an­i­mal from two to six weeks, and comes at no cost to the fos­ter fam­ily.

SPCA sup­plies all food, medicine, bed­ding and toys to make the an­i­mal com­fort­able while stay­ing with their fos­ter fam­ily.

Fos­ter fam­i­lies need to have their own trans­port to bring an­i­mals to and from the cen­tre, and be avail­able for vet­eri­nary ap­point­ments.

For many peo­ple, fos­ter­ing is a great op­tion for those who can only open their homes on a tem­po­rary ba­sis, or if they want to know what it would be like to have a pet live with them full-time.

SPCA New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen says they are so thank­ful for the fam­i­lies who show love and pa­tience to fos­tered SPCA an­i­mals.

“We do the very best we can, but for an­i­mals re­cov­er­ing from sick­ness or in­jury, or for those need­ing to work on their con­fi­dence, noth­ing beats a home en­vi­ron­ment.”

■ To in­quire about be­com­ing a fos­ter fam­ily, con­tact Ro­torua SPCA — (07) 349 2955.

Photo / Sup­plied

A kit­ten at the SPCA.

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