SPCA desperate for foster homes

SPCA is calling for Kiwis in the Queenstown Lakes District and Central Otago to open their hearts and their homes, and be foster parents for animals in need.  

 The organisation is desperately seeking volunteer foster families to give animals a temporary home while they recover from injury, illness, or gain strength before being adopted.  

SPCA Central Otago operations coordinator Emily Kerr said the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes District has only a handful of foster families to support them. 

 “We would love some extra hands on board to help ensure animals in SPCA care can integrate into home life easily and move to their forever home faster,” she said.  

 Fostering involves caring for an SPCA animal for approximately 2-6 weeks and comes at no cost to the foster family.  

 SPCA supplies all the food, medicine, bedding, and toys to make the animal comfortable. All they ask in return is a loving temporary home environment.  

 Kerr said that foster families are critical for many animals.  

 “There are so many better outcomes for animal welfare when they are staying in foster care with a foster family,” she said. 

 “Not only does fostering free up space at SPCA centres for other centres needing help, but for animals recovering from sickness or injury, or working on their confidence. Some animals get stressed in centre environments so being in a home environment will help them develop and recover much faster.”  

 For many people, fostering is a great option for those who can only open their homes on a temporary basis, or if they want to know what it would be like to have a pet live with them full time.  

 “Fostering is so rewarding – it literally saves lives. We’d love more of our Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes community to sign up as foster families and help these animals”  

 To enquire more about fostering, visit www.spca.nz or email centralotago@spca.nz  

Read edition 982 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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