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Family break-ups leave pets in the cold

Wednesday, 17th April 2013

Family break-ups are not only heartbreaking for the people involved but they are also tough on the pets caught in the crossfire.

Unfortunately, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home experienced a 31 per cent jump in the number of pets given up because of a divorce or break-up last year.

The animals typically find life in the kennels tough to deal with so the charity aims to place them with foster families until a permanent solution is found.

As a result, the rehoming centre is appealing for more dog and cat foster carers.

Carly Whyborn, volunteer and foster manager, said:  "Ideally, fosterers need to have some experience in caring for an animal, and ideally not have young children or other pets at home."

As well as living near one of the charity's centres in London, Kent or Berkshire, foster carers are also required to be at home for the majority of the day to provide the necessary care to the animals, like dog food or cat food and exercise.