Rehoming a dog is a huge deal – and isn’t something that should be jumped into lightly. But as not everybody can commit 10 to 13 years to a dog, the RSPCA has opened applications for foster carers to help them care for their shelter dogs.
The RSPCA’s Warrington, Halton and St Helens Animal Centre is on the look out for dog lovers to join their fostering team. A statement reads: “Could you be that person? Fostering is massively rewarding and has many benefits for our animals. We are currently looking specifically for a home with no dogs or cats for a couple of our residents who are finding kennels very stressful.
“Placing our dogs into foster means we can help so many more, that desperately need our help especially on the lead up to Christmas.”
The RSPCA relies on fosterers to provide temporary homes for the animals in their care.
The team believe fostering can “help an animal to recover from neglect, abuse, illness or injury by taking the first steps towards finding a new, loving forever home”.
How fostering helps you
With the knowledge you have helped an animal start a new life, fostering also gives people who would normally be unable to take in an animal long term with an alternative.
How fostering helps animals
A statement reads: “Animal fostering is an important role. It helps to play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home.
“Many animals that we take in have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserved.
“Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-to-one care, allowing them to build up their confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle.
“Other animals don’t cope well in an animal centre environment, or need to remain in our care for a long period of time whilst legal proceedings take place.
“This is where we need fosters to take them in to provide them with a real home, even if it is only on a temporary basis.”