Cats need temporary foster families

ANIMAL-lovers are needed to sign up to become temporary carers for an array of cats and kittens who are in desperate need for some extra special attention,

Monday, 17th October 2011, 7:00 am

The north Bedfordshire branch of the RSPCA currently has 13 cats and six kittens in its care - but the animals would all benefit from one-on-one contact with the foster family.

Branch manager Gayle Simpkins said: “When we take in an animal we always look to provide the best possible care for them, and there are times when a cattery environment may not be the best place for them and they would benefit more from one-to-one contact with a foster carer.

“We have an array of loving animals in need of a happy and friendly environment while we work to find them a permanent new home.

“Being a fosterer means you make an incredible difference to the lives of animals and it can be ideal for animal lovers who want to help, but aren’t in a position to take on the permanent commitment of owning a pet.

“It is extremely rewarding to be able to give an animal that has had a troubled past a fresh start, and to know that you have helped ensure it has a brighter future.”

She added: “We get many phone calls every week from people who want to give up their cats, but we just do not have the room to take them and need more foster carers to help us ease the situation.

“So many cats are being abandoned and many are pregnant or have kittens. North Bedfordshire, but especially Bedford, seems to be a big problem area.

“People are just not getting their cats neutered and then leaving the animals to fend for themselves.

“So we really need the help of people who care who could offer shelter and comfort for these cats until a new permanent home can be found.”

To find out more about becoming a cat fosterer call 07769322424 or email [email protected]