RSPCA ACT is seeking meowvellous cat-speaking, cat loving Canberrans to open up their homes and hearts to be foster carers for kitties in need. As the months grow warmer, the shelter expects to be seeing another influx of kittens requiring care, socialisation and loving hands until they find their forever homes.
During the 2022 financial year, RSPCA ACT rehomed 750 cats and kittens who were homeless and unowned. These cats or kittens were either trapped by RSPCA ACT staff or were rescued and brought into the shelter by members of the public.
CEO Michelle Robertson says that “foster care is particularly important for these homeless cats and kittens to ensure they receive the required socialisation, support and love they need to get them ready for adoption.”
“Orphaned Neo-natal kittens are smaller than the inside size of a hand. They are so vulnerable and require constant care. Depending on their age and health, these tiny kittens require bottle feeding and help with toileting at regular intervals. This specialised foster care area is ideal for carers who work from home or are retired.”
Although the most urgent need is for cat and kitten foster carers, RSPCA ACT is also on the lookout for foster carers who could offer short term, respite, rehabilitative or palliative care for other species, in particular dogs.
The staff at RSPCA ACT works with foster carers and structures foster care programs around their available time and what they are able to commit to.
“Sometimes all we need is a few days foster care while longer term plans can be made, or to give one of our heavily experienced and invested fosters a short break. These few days not only makes a massive difference, but literally can save lives.” Ms Robertson explained.
RSPCA ACT will supply you with:
- Free access, visits and treatment to our veterinarians
- All the help we can offer you to make your foster caring journey smooth.
- Behavioural advice
If you love animals but cannot commit to a pet for life right now and are interested in providing a loving, temporary home to an animal in need head to the RSPCA ACT website to find out more about foster caring.
For more information or images please contact:
Brendan Arnold, RSPCA ACT
Phone: 02 6287 8131