How fostering helps animals

Animal fostering is an important role. It helps play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home.

Many animals that we take in have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserved. Living with a foster family provides them with one-to-one care, allowing them to build up their confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle.

Some animals don’t cope well in an animal centre environment or need to remain in our care for a long period of time whilst legal proceedings take place. This is where we need fosterers to provide them with a real home, even if it is only on a temporary basis.

How fostering helps you

It’s rewarding to know that you played a key part in helping a rescued animal recover from a life of suffering and start a new life. You’ll get to meet and care for animals with unique personalities and see them rehomed to a new family.

Fostering also gives people who would normally be unable to take in an animal long-term, due to other commitments, an alternative.

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Fostering Case Study

Bobby’s owner died suddenly and RSPCA Kent North West Branch were asked if they could step in and help him. Bobby was 15 years old and had some very urgent health problems requiring surgery. Bobby was understandably very confused and unsettled with his change in circumstances. It would not have been right for him to have to stay in kennels given all that he was facing. Fortunately, we placed him in a lovely foster home where he was able to recuperate from surgery and settle down prior to looking for a new home.