RSPCA launches urgent campaign for foster carers in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire as hundreds of rescue animals wait for a place in shelters

RSPCA launches urgent campaign for foster carers in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire as hundreds of rescue animals wait for a place in shelters

The RSPCA has revealed that hundreds of rescue animals are waiting for a place at its animal centers and has made an urgent appeal to adoptive caregivers.

The animal welfare charity urgently needs more caregivers in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to help make space at animal centers – with new statistics revealing that nearly 700 rescued animals are waiting for a spot.

She estimates she is spending £26,000 a week on Special Borders for the temporary care of 691 rescued animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, small furry animals, exotic pets, birds and farm animals as 59 re-shelter centers are said to be bursting.

The failed sitter, Sarah, of Lincolnshire, who adopted a foal after fostering him. Credit: RSPCA (60055419)

We’re struggling – including in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire,” said Brian Reeves, head of volunteering at the RSPCA.

“The RSPCA centers in England and Wales are bursting at the moment which means we have to use vital charitable funds to pay for animal care with Private Borders, and we have a long waiting list of animals waiting to come to our centers where they can start looking for a new home.

“We are in the midst of an animal crisis and can only see it get worse during the winter months as the cost of living crisis worsens. It is critical that we make plenty of room at the RSPCAs now, so we have room for rescued animal victims of neglect and cruelty in the coming weeks and months – And more incubators will be critical to achieving this.

Caregivers look after the animals in their homes, with support from the RSPCA.  Credit: RSPCA (60055410)
Caregivers look after the animals in their homes, with support from the RSPCA. Credit: RSPCA (60055410)

“Getting pets into loving care homes, especially before the winter months, will be a lifeline for our frontline officers and the endangered animals we need to save.”

Six private boarding facilities are used by the RSPCA in the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire area.

The RSPCA has now launched an urgent campaign to recruit more custodians – who take care of the animals temporarily in their homes, while the RSPCA supports them – to help relieve the pressure.

Capacity problems at the charity’s centers are exacerbated by increased calls to the RSPCA after the pandemic, slowed rehousing, and an increase in the number of animals entering the charity’s care as cost-of-living pressures continue to bite.

The RSPCA has issued an urgent appeal for adoptive caregivers in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.  Credit: RSPCA (60055413)
The RSPCA has issued an urgent appeal for adoptive caregivers in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Credit: RSPCA (60055413)

Those interested in applying for RSPCA sponsorship can do so online through the RSPCA Volunteer Portal at Volunteer.rspca.org.uk.

Brian added: “With more animals coming into our care, staying with us longer, and fewer people adopting, we are in a really worrying situation.

“Fortunately, we already have an amazing 350 brooders and we are grateful to all of them, but we desperately need more. These brooders welcome rescue animals into their homes on a temporary basis, with the full support of the RSPCA, and are invaluable to us.”

Hundreds of animals are waiting for space at the RSPCA centers.  Credit: RSPCA (60055416)
Hundreds of animals are waiting for space at the RSPCA centers. Credit: RSPCA (60055416)

The RSPCA provides adoptive caregivers with all the financial, emotional and some logistical support they need in providing the animal’s temporary care – including any medication the pet may be taking and funding for any ongoing veterinary treatment.

A nursery also gives people who would normally not be able to accommodate an animal in the long term, due to other obligations, an alternative and the opportunity to have pets at home.

Simply put, we desperately need more people willing to open up their homes and hearts to help give dogs, cats and other animals a fresh start in life.



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