According to The Fostering Network 8,370 more UK fosterers
are needed to care for a range of children, with the highest demand for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.
In those circumstances, a dog might be with the RSPCA for a long time, so kennels are not an ideal place for them to live, and placing them with a fosterer
means a space for another dog that needs somewhere to go.
Being a fosterer
is a way of supporting people going through a dif-ficult time but also helping the pets, who have to suffer in silence.
will need to live within easy reach of the RSPCA's two animal centres in the North East at Great Ayton and Chester-le-Street, and have their own transport.
Cute kittens such as these which are in the care of Lesley Muncey of Feline Friends are awaiting fosterers
They provide short-term emergency accommodation for cats in need through fosterers
and can assist with vet expenses in cases of genuine hardship.
The organisation, which has 50 fosterers
, looks after rescue cats and some rescued dogs.
In particular the local authorities want to recruit more fosterers
who are interested in fostering sibling groups and children aged over 10 on a long term basis - over two years.
The kittens, aged between five and seven weeks, are now being cared for by one of the charity's fosterers
- but the discovery was soon followed by even more kittens being abandoned.
We're told constantly that children need love, warmth and affection - but nobody mentions what else they get from rather well-paid fosterers
apart from that.
THE news that two dedicated fosterers
had children removed from their care in Rotherham because they were members of Ukip should shock and appal everyone involved in politics.
It launched the Stable Future appeal yesterday to help find fosterers
to temporarily look after some of the younger horses that are too young to be ridden.
Prospective new owners can chat to the fosterers
and find out which cat would be the perfect one for them.
The stunt was set up by charity Pathway Care in a bid to encourage people to foster children - Wales needs 750 more fosterers
About 2,000 children can be in care but there are only about 600 fosterers
on the books.