Fostering small animals

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.

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