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We occasionally need temporary homes for some of the animals in our care, and it can be difficult to find suitable foster carers. We receive a lot of offers but the animals that need help have quite specific needs…maybe you can help?

What type of pets will need fostering:

  • Pets struggling with centre life, who find it stressful and are either harming themselves or their chances of being rehomed by their actions in kennels.
  • Pregnant cats or new mums and litters, who require greater levels of observation and care than we are able to provide
  • Young puppies who are not yet old enough to be rehomed but have been seperated from their mum.
  • Animals with medical issues where a home environment will help with recuperation
  • Older pets who can be slower to rehome
  • Long stay animals that may benefit from a kennel break.

Whilst all fostering is a temporary arrangement while we continue to seek a permanent home, we are not looking for short-term placements (single days, weekends) as these add to the animal’s stress, confusion and discomfort.

What we are looking for:

  • Experienced pet owners
  • Ideally local to the Shelter with use of suitable transport for health check visits etc
  • If fostering pregnant cats a spare room is preferable, for dogs an enclosed garden would be beneficial
  • Often we require a home with no other pets
  • Willing to follow advice and any procedures set out by the Shelter (to assist with training plans or delivering meds etc)

Any animal fostered will remain the property of the Shelter and we will continue to provide veterinary care for ongoing medical conditions and support from our Animal Welfare team and Behaviourist. There are no fees for fostering but we do ask you to provide all food, bedding, toys etc

If you think you may be able to offer foster care to animals in need, please contact our Reception on 01242 523521, or email the relevant team: dogs@gawa.org.uk, cats@gawa.org.uk OR smallanimals@gawa.org.uk

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