Could you foster An animal in need of special care?
Which animals need fostering?
They may be dogs who find it stressful to have so many other dogs around them, dogs or cats who have medical needs, or very elderly animals who really can not cope with kennel life at their age. They really appreciate the extra personal care that fostering provides
We need both short and long term foster homes for both cats and dogs. Some dogs benefit from a weekend away from kennels while they wait for their forever home.
When we reach kitten season, we look to put mums and kittens into foster homes so that the kittens can be raised in a home environment for their first weeks, before coming back in to the rescue for re homing.
Fostering a dog
A lot of the dogs that we look to find foster homes for, are best suited to somewhere without other dogs or cats, and with teenagers or without children, although we do occasionally get dogs in that are used to living with other dogs and cats but need a foster home for medical reasons.
Fostering not only gives animals a well deserved break from the kennels/cattery it also lets us know what they are like in a home environment giving them a much better chance of finding a permanent home.
The different ways you can foster an animal
There are several ways you can foster an animal, either long term, short term or nightly sleep overs.
Long term fostering is usually for one of our older animals or animals needing some form of health care.
Short term fostering gives an animal a well deserved rest and is ideal if you have time off work.
Emergency Fostering only happens occasionally, but it is always great to have a list of emergency foster carers that we can contact in short notice. The animals that you will be caring for would be animals that are due to be put to sleep from local pounds and owners who can’t keep their animals at short notice. Or fingers crossed this won’t be happening again, but we were unfortunate to experience flooding last year at our rescue, were we had to evacuate our kennels and get 40 dogs into emergency foster carers in a matter of hours.
Some of our foster animals even find permanent homes through fostering as you never know who you night meet when out walking.
If you are able to give some of your time to become a foster carer for NCAR, we would obviously have to fill in some forms and do a home check (similar to our adoption process), but this will be explained when you sign up to be a foster carer. Every animal will vary depending on breed, species and age.
Some will need a garden, some won’t, some can’t live with children, some can, so please be understanding when it come to matching you with your foster animal, we are obviously looking for the best environment for our animals, but we are very grateful for your kindness.
There are always animals at NCAR that need some sort of foster care, you will be helping our animals so much so please if you are interested then call us to find out more.