We are always looking to recruit new fostering volunteers. Ideally we’re looking for pet free foster homes in our branch area (RSPCA Macclesfield Map). We would ideally like foster homes without small children just because some of the animals have had a traumatic time or are just so bouncy!
Fostering is an important part of our rehoming programme, not only are the animals in a good loving home environment where they can be assessed much better than when in a stressful kennel environment and a better chance of rehabilitation, it saves the branch a lot of money that can be spent on other animals in need.
We have been running this very successful fostering scheme for several years now and it’s one of the most rewarding roles within the branch; not only do you provide a warm bed, love, care and safety to an animal in need you also benefit from the eventual trust and love in return from them which is tenfold and you get to see them off to their new loving forever homes! Knowing you are contributing to improving animal welfare and the lives of these unfortunate dogs is one of the best feelings in the world.
Many people do not realise that the branch is run entirely by volunteers and does not have their own animal centre. We rely on private boarding kennels which costs upwards of £9 a day per dog.
Fostering entails looking after a dog until a permanent home is found, equipment is provided like beds, bedding, toys, collars, leads, bowls and food. You need your own transport as vet visits are common (the branch pays for veterinary care), a secure garden and if considering dog fostering, ideally you will be open to all breeds of dog.
The branch’s main priority are animals that come in via the Inspectors that have been abused and badly neglected by humans; therefore you need to be kind, patient and open minded. Insurance cover is also provided and in order to confirm suitability a questionnaire is completed over the phone, a reference from your vet is required and a home visit is done.
To get a taste of the joy that is fostering, why not visit Rachel’s facebook page, one of our wonderful volunteers.
Here are some of the dogs our fosterers have helped: