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SPCA desperate for foster parents in Gisborne

19 January 2021
SPCA desperate for foster parents in Gisborne

SPCA is calling for kiwis in the Gisborne region to open their hearts and homes, and be foster parents for animals in need.

The animal welfare 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 Gisborne Centre Manager Lindy Magee says they always need more foster families to join their team of devoted foster parents.

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

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

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

Magee says 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 says.

“Not only does fostering free up space at SPCA centres for other animals needing help, but it helps 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 fulltime.

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

To find out more and enquire more about fostering, click here.

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