Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kitten season sees urgent need for foster carers in the Hunter region

As the weather heats up, the RSPCA Hunter Shelter in Rutherford is calling for foster carers to help with the hundreds of extra kittens and cats that will stream through the doors during kitten season.  The RSPCA, Nova Pooch Rescue, Nine Lives Four Paws and Cat Rescue Newcastle have joined forces to better prepare for the annual influx of kittens over the warmer months that inundate the Hunter region’s shelters.

Along with kittens, the RSPCA needs help caring for a range of animals, including puppies, mothers with litters, animals that require cage rest after surgery and those that need socialisation and rehabilitation before they go up for adoption.

“Not all animals in our care can be adopted into their forever homes straight away. Some need some extra time and TLC. RSPCA foster carers, and those of our rescue partners, open their hearts and homes to help these animals find their happy endings. It’s incredibly rewarding,” said RSPCA Hunter Shelter Supervisor Sharon Wynne.

Those interested are invited to attend an information session at the RSPCA Hunter Shelter to go through the requirements of the foster care program.

“No formal training or qualifications are needed. The RSPCA is here to support our carers every step of the way, including training and supplies,” said Ms Wynne. “Generally time, patience and TLC are all our animals need.”

For more information, please contact the RSPCA Hunter Shelter on (02) 4939 1555.

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