More foster families are needed as the BC SPCA sees influx of vulnerable animals

VANCOUVER – More foster families are needed as BC SPCA sees influx of vulnerable animals

The BC SPCA is looking for new foster families who would be ready to welcome a pet into their home.

In a statement released this week, the organization says there is a huge demand for caregivers this summer in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley.

“In the spring and summer months, we see an influx of kittens and suckler cats,” said Michelle Rodgers, senior volunteer leader. “We could not provide the level of care and support that these animals need without our care program and the volunteers who provide them with a safe, comfortable home.”

Foster families are a temporary home for vulnerable animals while healing from trauma and injury. At this time of year, the SPCA says it not only sees more animals coming – some due to natural disasters such as floods and forest fires – but that many of its existing volunteers have less accessibility due to summer vacations.

“Fetal volunteers provide thousands of vulnerable animals with care, support and, more importantly, a place to thrive and recover,” Rodgers said.

“It also helps prepare animals for adoption by giving them a chance to live in a home where they can fully express their personality, work to overcome fear or recover from trauma.”

A recent fetal success story saw a frightened cat grow into a caring mother. According to the organization, Allison Simpson, who has cared for many animals along with BC SPCA, took a one-year-old, pregnant cat named Aloe.

“(Aloe) was originally scared of humans and half bald by a bad case of fleas,” reads the news release.

But with Simpson’s care, Aloe recovered.

“She has given birth to her healthy eight kittens, her hair has mostly grown back and she has become much more relaxed around people.”

Aloe and her kittens were all adopted out into their eternal home.

Those interested in becoming a foster family are encouraged to learn more about the program and complete an application.

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