Foster homes are urgently needed in Maple Ridge, and around the province, for cats and kittens. (BCSPCA/Special to The News)

Foster homes are urgently needed in Maple Ridge, and around the province, for cats and kittens. (BCSPCA/Special to The News)

Kitten season translates to plea for temporary homes

BC SPCA seeks foster volunteers to help save animals in need

Maple Ridge SPCA currently has 30 foster homes for abandon kittens, but they need more as soon as possible.

There are always dogs and cats that need fostering, but at this time of year, it is “kitten season,” meaning animal shelters across B.C. are typically inundated with the young feline friends who need love and care until their old enough for adoption, explained Michelle Rodgers, manager of volunteer resources for the BC SPCA.

Consequently, the BC SPCA put out a plea this week for more foster volunteers.

The animal care agency is seeking volunteers to provide home care and support for animals in need.

“Foster care volunteers are truly guardian angels to thousands of animals who come into the BC SPCA’s care every year,” Rodgers said.

“From providing a quiet home environment for injured animals as they recover to ensuring that abandoned puppies and kittens receive the special care they need, our foster families are there to make a life-saving difference. We could not help nearly as many animals at risk in the community without their support.”

They currently have 550 foster volunteers provincially, and ideally, they want to expand their volunteer foster team by 30 per cent, which would be approximately 160 additional foster volunteers throughout B.C.

Rodgers says the society is looking for foster volunteers who are 19 years or older, who can make a six-month commitment, who have a quiet, designated space in their home to house a foster animal, have access to a vehicle to transport animals to and from the shelter and veterinary appointments, and who have at least two hours a day to focus on the needs of the animal in their care.

“Specialized and experienced foster volunteers who can provide behavioural and medical support are especially needed,” she said.

To learn more, people can visit the SPCA website, contact the BC SPCA volunteer resources team at volunteers@spca.bc.ca, or they can also fill out an application online.

“We are so grateful to our amazing foster care volunteers, who help to give animals in need the second chance they so need and deserve so much,” said Rodgers.

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Foster homes are urgently needed in Maple Ridge, and around the province, for cats and kittens. (BCSPCA/Special to The News)

Foster homes are urgently needed in Maple Ridge, and around the province, for cats and kittens. (BCSPCA/Special to The News)