It's kitten season. From now until late summer litters of kittens are being born, too many to "give away to a good home". 300 kittens are brought to RSPCA Queensland shelters each month during this time.
While it is the high breeding season for cats, dog and puppies are also being abandoned. And then there are year round special cases that may be recovering from medical or surgical procedures or have behavioural issues which need extra loving care. There are also the cruelty cases, Pets in Crisis and Pet Legacy animals.
Not all animals cope well in shelters. I am currently taking care of two 4-week old kittens who need to be nurtured and taught to trust humans, to behave appropriately and develop into adoptable kittens. Once they reach 1kg they will be ready to be de-sexed and adopted into an approved, loving permanent home.
My job is to ensure that Chip and Axl have all the physical and emotional care they need - and it only costs me time and some space in my home. The amazing Foster Care Team at the Fairfield shelter (moving soon to Wacol) provide me with kitten food (thanks to Hills), toys, litter tray and litter, bowl and all the medication they will need along with clear instructions and access to staff and vets should the need arise.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a foster carer for cats, dogs, horses or chickens contact the Foster Care Team here.