COULD you be a foster carer for RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Center?

The charity has launched an urgent appeal to find foster carers who can help nine American bulldog puppies start learning about what the world has to offer.

The four boys and five girls, who were born in the care of the animal welfare charity after their mum came into the RSPCA’s care via an inspector, are in need of temporary homes as soon as possible.

Sheila Vernon, centre manager at RSPCA Ashley Heath, said: “Are you able to open up your home to a puppy in need? We’re desperate for people who can offer time and accommodation to one of these delightful American bulldog puppies, who are just 17 weeks old.

“Sadly we’ve struggled to find foster carers for them so we’re appealing to dog-lovers who can lend a hand in giving them a great start in life to get in touch.

“Foster carers do hugely important voluntary work for the RSPCA, they provide a lifeline to animals and are vital for our animal welfare work. To become a fosterer all you need to do is get in touch and we can talk through what it involves and then carry out a home visit.

“These pups can’t be rehomed with other dogs, or children under ten years of age. Foster carers also need to be able to return the dogs to the centre for regular vet checks and treatments.”

Many animals who find themselves at the RSPCA Ashley Heath have been rescued by RSPCA inspectors and when they come to to the centre they are often nervous of strangers.

The team spends weeks, sometimes months, looking after them and preparing them for a second chance in life.

At any one time the centre, located near Ringwood in Hampshire, cares for more than 180 animals.

So far in 2018 staff have rehomed 171 dogs, 282 cats, 35 rabbits and 156 other small animals.

All necessary equipment, food and veterinary care will be supplied to those caring for the puppies.

Foster carers will also be required to attend puppy classes which will be paid for by the charity.

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