Fostering is an important role. It helps play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and allows them to build on their confidence. Living with a foster family provides them with one-to-one care away from the animal centre, whilst preparing for their new homes.
The role of a fosterer
- provide a safe and loving home for your foster animal for a few days up to a few months
- taking care of their day-to-day needs (feeding them, cleaning their cage, making sure they have fresh water, socialising and groom them)
- giving them any medication they need and attending any vet appointments, which could be weekly
- attending monthly health checks at the centre
- providing us with lots of pictures and information about your foster animal so we can match them with the perfect forever home
What do I need to be a fosterer?
- be able to give enough time – this can vary depending on the animal
- either own your home or have written permission to have animals in the property
- be 21 years or older
- ideally have experience of caring for the species of animal you are looking to foster
- either a spare room if you have other pets or a quiet area of the house, equipment/cages/food can be provided by the centre
- ideally have access to a car to take your foster animal to any appointments
If you have other pets, you’ll need to keep them away from your foster animal.
Reasons for fostering
- Some rabbits or rodents don’t cope well in an animal centre environment
- need to remain in our care for a long period of time whilst legal proceedings take place
- medical reasons
- pregnant rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents or abandoned young.
If you are interested in becoming a fosterer, please complete the application form below. This will be held on a database until a foster home is required. Please be aware we don’t always have animals needing a foster home.