Have you always wanted a loveable bundle of fluff but aren’t quite ready for the long term commitment owning a pet entails? The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) are looking for Foster Angels – i.e. people willing to care for vulnerable animals before they can be adopted.
- Time commitment is between 1-10 weeks, depending on the animal’s needs.
- The DSPCA provides you with all necessary materials to care for your foster pets such as food, food trays, litter trays and litter.
- Training will also be available as well as vet support should you have any questions or problems while you foster.
What kinds of pets?
- From early Spring each year the DSPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre receives hundreds of kittens from a few days old to several weeks old.
- Many of these kittens arrive without their mother and require special care until they are 10 weeks old and can be vaccinated and adopted.
- Puppies also need to be fostered until they are 8 weeks old when they are vaccinated and can be returned to the rescue centre for rehoming.
- Young foster pets have weak immune systems and are susceptible to disease, which is why they require foster homes.
- Some animals are on medication, which can often times be administered by the shelter’s vet team while in some cases foster parents need to give the animals medication, ie tablets, drops, etc.
- In certain special cases, older animals need to go into foster care to rest up for a while in a home environment.
- Reasons include:
- needing one-to-one socialisation
- suffering from stress from being in a large shelter atmosphere
- require recovery time following an illness or injury
Am I eligible?
- Caring, compassionate individuals
- 18+ years old
- Can travel to the DSPCA’s shelter in Rathfarnham
How do I sign up?
- First you must register your details and then email email@example.com stating your interest in participating in the programme.
- After you sign up, the DSPCA will email you with a list of animals needing foster with all their details and the duration they need to be fostered.
- You let them know if you would like to foster one of the animals, allowing the DSPCA to match up the foster pets with the right foster home that suits both the animal and the foster family.
Interested in adopting?
- BuyandSell.ie places free ads for rescue dogs and there is always an abundance of adorable pups looking for their forever homes