Urgent callout for more foster carers

Published 12:00pm 7 March 2023

Urgent callout for more foster carers
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

The RSPCA is desperately calling on more people to register as foster carers after seeing an increase in the number of pets being surrendered.

Cost of living pressures felt by families has seen the number of animals entering RSPCA increase over the past six months, with 2,500 animals being surrendered in Queensland.

Across the state, around 100 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are patiently waiting for foster homes.

RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon says volunteer foster carers are needed to help provide these animals with a temporary home.

“We’re desperately looking for animal lovers that can care for kittens, puppies, mother dogs and mother cats with their litters across the state,” Emma says.

“We’re also looking for people in Brisbane, Dakabin and Cairns to help us with dogs and cats needing a few weeks of rest post-surgery.”

Myriam signed up last year to become an RSPCA foster carer and is currently caring for a litter of kittens. She’s up to her 21st foster animal.

“Now that I work from home full time, it’s something I can do to help. Having a stressful day job, the foster animals in a way are my therapy,” Myriam says.

Whether you work full time, part time or from home, the RSPCA can match a foster pet to your lifestyle. Even if you’re renting, you can still foster with landlord approval.

To sign up to become a foster carer, apply on the RSPCA website.

Urgent callout for more foster carers

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