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SPCA needs fosterers urgently for growing animal numbers

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FURRY FRIEND: Rotorua SPCA centre manager had cuddles with one of the kittens who will be needing a home. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER
FURRY FRIEND: Rotorua SPCA centre manager had cuddles with one of the kittens who will be needing a home. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER

Rotorua's SPCA is bursting at the seams and is desperately looking for people willing to foster a furry friend and share a little love.

SPCA centre manager Sue Kennedy said it was the breeding season and the SPCA was dealing with an influx of puppies and kittens.

Ms Kennedy said they urgently needed help, with the centre at capacity.

"We are absolutely full and have animals coming in every day."

She said there was still at least another two months left of breeding season.

Ms Kennedy said community members fostering animals was a fantastic help to them and the centre provided everything required, with the fosterer just needing to provide love.

She said it helped to take the pressure off the SPCA and helped the animals socialise, getting them ready for home life.

"We end up with happy, healthy, chubby animals ready for homing and they are social."

Ms Kennedy said it was also a rewarding experience for the fosterers.

The centre currently had a dozen or so fosterers and everyone had something different they were able to offer, she said.

Ms Kennedy said they were looking for another dozen or so families to help out, especially with Christmas break coming up when volunteers had holidays.

"When we are full there is nothing we can do.

"The more people we have to help, the more animals we can help."

Ms Kennedy said they had people who had been fostering for years, even decades, and they were eternally grateful.

She said without community support the centre would not be able to help near to the number of animals it did.

Local Kayte Colledge said she had been fostering for about three years.

"I feel like it's really rewarding to give kittens the best start they can have and socialise them."

She said it was a good experience for children as well.

"I just feel like it's really important to give back to the community and it's one way we can do it without having to donate a lot of money.

"It's just really cool having these little kittens in your house."

- Rotorua Daily Post

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