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Could you foster a dog?

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is appealing to animal-loving Londoners to help foster dogs.  
    The charity is preparing for an increase in the number of dogs and cats in need of its help, which normally happens in March.
    Last March, 443 people contacted Battersea’s Lost Dogs & Cats Line after finding a stray dog, which is a 17 per cent increase compared to an average month. Battersea believes this worrying trend is fuelled by animals that are bought as Christmas presents and then given up.  
    Ideal candidates need to have time to spend with their animal at home, a willingness to learn about animal behaviour and welfare, and be able to bring their foster animal to Battersea when needed.
    The charity is particularly keen to hear from those interested in fostering Staffordshire Bull Terriers, as the breed often find kennel life stressful. Families with older children can be considered if the children are sensible and follow instructions.   
    For more information visit www.battersea.org.uk/dogs/fostering