British actress and singer Samantha Barks, best known for the role of Éponine in Les Misérables is joining Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in appealing for volunteer dog fosters.
The actress is a frequent visitor to the charity and has fostered Battersea dogs who need a little time away from kennels. With a busy schedule of auditioning for roles, recording her own music and playing live shows, Samantha was hesitant to commit to the rehoming of a Battersea dog. However as a dog lover all her life, she wanted to do what she could for lost, abandoned and unwanted dogs and soon found out about temporary foster caring at Battersea.
Samantha says, "I love being able to make a difference to dogs that find kennel life too stressful at Battersea, giving them time in a normal home environment before their new owner arrives. If you can’t commit to owning a dog, fostering is ideal."
Samantha now regularly fosters, offering the dogs love and attention in a home environment, from a few nights, to a few weeks. The actress is urging others to get involved, and promises the experience is just as rewarding for you as it is for the dog.
"The most rewarding thing about fostering is seeing how even the smallest amount of love and attention can transform a dog’s behaviour, making them happier and more sociable."
The appeal comes during National Volunteering Week, running from 1-12 June which celebrates the immense contribution volunteers are making to charities across the UK. Anyone interested in fostering a Battersea dog can visit their website for more details.