The KWWSPCA does not have a shelter for cats, so its rescue cats and kittens have to go into foster homes, as do about half its rescue dogs and where possible, all the puppies.
Why we need foster homes
A foster home provides a temporary home for a rescue animal until space becomes available for it in the Shelter or a permanent home is found for it. It might be just for a few days or possibly several months. Essentially the foster home provides a secure, peaceful and loving environment for an animal in need.
- Some have undergone veterinary treatment and need a quiet place to recover.
- Some find the Shelter too stressful with all the other dogs around them.
- Some might just need emergency accommodation when the Shelter is full.
If the animal is a puppy or a kitten, then the foster home would start its initial toilet and other training. Older dogs might need to be given lead training and house training.
Support provided to foster carers
The KWWSPCA covers the cost of any veterinary treatment and can provide food and bedding where necessary. Its volunteers are also on hand to give advice and support and to take the animal back if things do not work out. It is very rewarding work but perhaps the hardest part of being a foster carer is parting with an animal that has become part of the family.
Some foster carers have ended up adopting the dogs and cats that they should only have been keeping on a temporary basis – but that is great for the animal concerned.