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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has launched an appeal to residents in Berkshire to encourage more foster carers to come forward and provide a temporary home for the charity’s most vulnerable dogs.

Foster carers can provide a safe and calm environment for cats and temporary care for dogs in need of a break from kennel life. Now with the summer holidays coming to an end, Battersea is asking experienced dog or cat owners who live within one hour of the Old Windsor site to open their doors to the Home’s unwanted and abandoned animals, such as four-week-old kittens Donald and Dave (main picture) who arrived at the centre in June.

To improve their chances of finding a home, the unsocialised pair were placed with foster carer Nicola Walker and her husband Stephen from Guildford. Thanks to their dedication, the couple were able to help the kittens build their confidence and they have now been rehomed.

Battersea have been able to expand its Volunteering and Fostering Department and provide foster carers with supplies to help with animal enrichment thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who awarded the department £200,000 in 2016.

Esther Gent, Fostering Manager at Battersea, said, “Battersea’s foster carers are an invaluable part of helping our cats and dogs find their permanent home. They provide an opportunity for our dogs and cats to flourish in a home environment and show real compassion and empathy towards our animals.

“We’re lucky to receive support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who have helped us to expand our volunteering and fostering team. Foster carers no doubt help Battersea to speed up its rehoming process and we’re desperately in need of more.”

If you think you’re a suitable foster carer contact 0843 509 4444 or email foster.coordinator@battersea.org.uk

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