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Volunteers needed for busy March at rehoming center

Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is looking for people to foster animals in March as it is expected to be a very busy month with people giving up pets they got for Christmas.

The number of people who decide they no longer want to care for a pet traditionally goes up in March because of pets being given as gifts.

Carly Whyborn, volunteer manager at Battersea, explained that some dogs do not adapt to kennel life well, which is when foster carers are needed to look after them.

She said: "Fostering can be from a few nights to several months and it can transform a dog’s behaviour. It can make them happier and more relaxed, which makes it easier for us to find them a new home."

Fosterer Hollie Oppe, from London, explained that providing a home to a dog in need is a "fantastic experience".

Ms Whyborn added that at the moment they charity has a team of 79 but that they can only foster at certain times. As the number of abandoned animals rises, more volunteers are needed to help.