Can you foster a pet for SPCA?
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.
A kitten at the SPCA.