Pet charity special volunteer plea

Torbay Weekly

Blue Cross is seeking volunteer foster carers to help the pet charity in Devon to help more sick, injured and homeless animals.

The charity’s rehoming, advice and behaviour unit on Pynes Hill, Exeter is currently looking for foster carers to provide temporary homes for cats, dogs and small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs until they can find new permanent homes for them.

Fosterers need to live within one hour of the unit and will be responsible for providing all the care the animal needs - feeding, exercising, cleaning, socialising, giving medication and grooming.

Last year, the unit helped 171 pets find new homes and has continued to helped pets and owners throughout the pandemic.

Louise Bradbury, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Blue Cross’s rehoming, advice and behaviour unit, Exeter said: “We desperately need more foster carers to help us to help more animals in the area.

“Our pets really benefit from spending time in loving homes and our pet fostering could be perfect for people who are unable to have a pet full-time.

“Our volunteer foster carers provide a temporary home and care for our animals until we can find loving homes for them. They also help many small animals to grow in confidence and help us to understand the kind of home we need to find for them.”

Foster carers are provided with all equipment needed. Costs for food and any veterinary treatment will be covered by Blue Cross. They need to have space for a small pet, either indoor or outdoor (although they benefit from time in the garden) and time to feed, clean and socialise the pets each day. Previous experience and accommodation for small pets is not necessary, however this is beneficial and means the charity can set people up to foster more quickly.

During the lockdown periods, there was a large increase in the demand for pets, many now unable to keep and care for them due to returning to work.

For more information on all volunteering opportunities at Blue Cross Exeter visit www.bluecross.org.uk/volunteer or call the rehoming and advice unit on 0300 777 1593.

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