Animal lovers in Oxfordshire are being called on to sign up to become foster carers for cats and rabbits which are in need of some extra special attention after an RSPCA centre was shut down.
The animal charity took the decision to close its centre at Willow Farm in Chilton near Didcot and although new homes have been found for almost all of the animals at the centre, there is still a need to provide homes for any animals which may need help following the closure.
New animals which come in from the RSPCA will not be taken to Willow Farm and instead will be placed with other centres or stay with fosterers in the interim.
Therefore, trustees at the branch are hoping animal lovers in Oxfordshire will be able to help and provide temporary homes for the animals.
A spokeswoman for the branch said: “Being a fosterer means you make an incredible difference to the lives of animals and it can be ideal for animal lovers who want to help, but don’t have time to take on the permanent commitment of owning a pet.
“It is extremely rewarding to be able to give an animal that has had a troubled past a fresh start and to be able to know that you have helped to ensure it has a bright future.
“Our decision to close the centre at Willow Farm was not taken lightly and followed months of discussions by the trustees of the RSPCA Oxfordshire branch.
“The lease on the property at Willow Farm had expired and it was felt that now was the right time to look for a new facility which would enable the branch to move forward for the future and also look to expand its welfare work.
“It was felt that a new centre would have better facilities and also the opportunity to expand if required, something which was not possible at the current location.
“We want to reassure people that the branch is doing all it can to find new premises, but in the meantime it would be a tremendous help if people could come forward as fosterers, this is one way people can help to make a real difference to animal welfare in the county.”
The RSPCA pays all the costs involved in the care of fostered animals and help, advice and support will be provided by the branch.
To find out more about becoming a fosterer please contact the branch on 0845 6045507.