More foster carers needed to care for cuddly animals
AFTER being abandoned at the RSPCA in West Ipswich, three seven-week-old kittens have been sent to the home of a kind hearted foster carer who will give them lots of love until they can find a more permanent family.
These three fluffballs are lucky to go to a home, even if it is for a few short weeks.
While there are currently 1500 foster carers throughout Queensland, Jane Markotsis from the RSPCA said "in Ipswich there are only 17 registered foster carers, with five being staff members of the RSPCA".
Mrs Markotsis has personally fostered animals for six years and has worked as a foster care coordinator for the past eight months.
She is hoping more people in the community would be willing to open their hearts and their homes to help the many helpless animals who find themselves in the care of the RSPCA.
"We don't have many foster carers on the books here in Ipswich," Mrs Markotsis said.
"If we don't have enough foster carers in the region, we do have to send these animals off to other shelters, such as Wacol.
"But being a foster carer is great. You get the best of both worlds. You get to love them and then see them go off to a new family."
While saying goodbye to the animals can be hard, Mrs Markotsis reminds carers they are in fact doing a job.
"It's one of those things that you have to understand it's a job you're doing and at the end of the day, it's nice to see them going to their new home," she said.
Carers can look after animals anywhere from a few weeks up to longer periods of time, depending on the pet.
"If they are sick, or injured, or recovering from surgery, they can stay longer. That's mainly for the older animals though," Mrs Markotsis said.
"Kittens and puppies are usually fostered for a shorter amount of time and that's just for their weight gain because they are too little to have surgery to be desexed.
"We also have some foster carers who look after animals who are involved in animal cruelty cases, and they look after the animal while the matter is going through the courts."
Becoming a foster carer is really easy, and you receive a lot of help from the RSPCA to ensure the needs of the animals are met.
People can foster dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses and other animals.
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3426 9997.