A foster carer provides invaluable support
Could you be a fosterer?
Foster homes are an integral part of our work and play a special part in rehabilitating our dogs & cats. Foster homes are a valuable asset to our centre, having a team of fosterer’s means that we are able to rescue more animals and more importantly provide a calm & loving environment for those who are in need of a little more TLC.
What is required to be a fosterer?
It goes without saying that youll need to be an animal lover! As long as you have a little spare time and can offer a suitable environment we’d be happy to hear from you. There is no cost to the fosterer, we provide all the equipment, food, medicine and any vets bills.
Other requirements include:
- If you have your own pets they must be fully vaccinated, neutered and happy to share their home.
- If you are in rented accommodation we must receive written permission from your landlord, confirming that you’re able to keep animals at the property.
- You’ll need to be over 18.
We also host a clinic for our foster animals once per week here at the centre for their regular appointments and check-ups. If you have difficulty with transport we can offer a van collection service for this.
What type of animal might I be fostering?
Animals are placed with a fosterer in a variety of scenarios. You might be asked to take an elderly cat or dog who require medicine administering, puppies which require more care, an animal which has had an operation and needs to recover, a mummy cat with kittens or a cat suffering from cat flu. You would never be asked to take an animal which has been taken away from someone until they have become the legal property of the RSPCA following court proceedings.
The type of animals you are asked to take on will vary depending on your circumstances and your own animals, e.g we wouldn't give you a catl with cat flu if you have your own cats who could be infected.
How do I become a fosterer?
There are a few simple steps to becoming a fosterer…
- First of all, simply click here to fill in our fostering enquiry form. Once we receive this we'll get in touch and if you meet our basic criteria, we'll send you an application pack.
- Once you have submitted your application and been approved, the Rehoming Team from the centre will get in touch with you for a more indepth discussion about fostering.
- You will then receive a home visit from our team, who will visit your home to have a chat with you.
- The final bit of admin is some online health and safety training.
- Once your Home Visit has been passed and we have all the relevant paperwork returned to us you will be ready for your first foster placement!