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Ever Thought of Animal Fostering? Here's How!

You may not be surprised when we tell you that some dogs and cats find it more difficult than others to find a new home. That's why our fosterers are so important to us.

For animals in need of a little extra support, fostering can very often play a part in their rehabilitation. Our animal fosterers can provide a giant step in the journey of a needy dog or cat towards a new home.

Why fostering?

Not all the animals that arrive at our Centre have been given the love and care they deserve. They may have little experience of human contact, have been kept in a confined area, or they may have suffered in other ways. In circumstances like these, it's no wonder a pet may end up behaving anxiously and require an alternative environment to our rescue centre.

Finding a fosterer for shy and nervous animals like this can make a world of difference. Our fosterers provide a haven where cats or dogs can receive the time, attention and affection they may have missed out on in the past. Even though a foster home may be temporary, it offers an environment in which a nervous dog or cat can slowly build up confidence and become accustomed to a more ordinary way of life.

Medical fostering

Anxious and under-socialised animals are not the only pets that we sometimes struggle to match with a suitable owner. Some of the dogs and cats in our care require ongoing veterinary care, and many would-be owners can be put off by the responsibility and potential expense of providing the medical care required.

That's where Leicester Animal Aid’s Medical Foster Scheme can really make a difference. The Scheme pays veterinary costs for dogs and cats that leave the Centre with a known medical condition, while the foster carer provides food and care. This not only helps improve an animal's physical health; a home they can call their own is also good for their psychological wellbeing.

Dogs and cats that are included on our Medical Foster Scheme receive their veterinary review through our regular Tuesday morning vet consult sessions at the Centre.

How can I get involved?

We're always seeking more homes that can welcome dogs and cats looking for a gentle and patient approach to animal care. Our fosterers are responsible for the welfare of animals in their care, so you must have experience of handling and caring for pets (and it's probably best if you don't have any other pets at the moment). If you're fostering a cat, then your home should have sufficient space with designated 'quiet' areas where the cat can choose to hide away. If you're taking on one of our dogs, then you would need to have a suitably secure garden.

If you become a fosterer, you'll be given an individual care plan for your dog or cat, and you'll have regular contact with the Centre for support and updates on progress. Medical costs will be covered by LAA. You'll be provided with an emergency contact number (available 24 hours a day) and you can also get in touch with us at the Centre for non-emergency support between 8am-5pm.

Fostering animals is a very rewarding experience. You'll be a vital part in the growth and recovery of a foster animal, and fostering offers a way to help if you would otherwise be unable to take in an animal permanently because of obligations or commitments.

If you are interested in animal fostering, please call us at the Centre on 01455 888 257.

Pictured is Bertie, a dog who is medically fostered due to health conditions.