Fostering
 
As a very small, self funded branch of the RSPCA with no animal shelter, we rely entirely on a network of local fosterers to temporarily house all our animals until we can find them a new home.
Our fosterers are on the front line of our work with animals, and without them there would simply be no RSPCA cover in Barnsley.  
 
Being a fosterer is a really wonderful way to volunteer with us, and it can be extremely rewarding. There are a few things you need to consider though beforehand:
 
 
  • You'd need to be able to take an animal into your own home and care for it on a daily basis. This may include taking it to the vets as required. All the veterinary costs would be covered by us, but it could be a demand on your time.
 
  • You may be asked to take animals in at short notice as they come to us directly from the RSPCA inspectors.  We obviously need to get them out of harm's way as soon as possible. The animal may be with you for a short period of time, or for longer if necessary.
 
  • As our animals usually come from unsuitable homes, they can require special attention and socialising in order to prepare them for re-homing. This can be quite demanding, but is essential for the wellbeing of the animals we take in. Consequently we ask that the animals are not left alone for long periods of time (generally over 4 hours).
 
 
 
If you live in Barnsley, and think you're able to help us make a real difference to an animal in need, please email us, leaving your contact details and answers to following questions:
 
 
  • What is your address?
  • Are you over 18?
  • What previous experience of caring for animals do you have?
  • What type of animal would you like to foster?
  • Would you require any equipment in order to accommodate the animal?
  • Do you have other animals in the house?
  • Are they vaccinated/spayed/neutered if necessary?
  • Do you have the homeowners/landlords permission to keep animals?
  • Could you take more than one animal at a time if necessary?
  • Would you be happy for people to visit the animal(s) in your home if they were looking to adopt?
  • Would you be willing to take photos of the animal(s) for our website?
  • Would the animal(s) be left alone for any duration of time?
 
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