Wood Green Animal Shelters are appealing for volunteers to help with their fostering service for families escaping domestic violence. The charity has shelters in North London, Heydon and Cambridgeshire.

Wood Green Animal Shelters are appealing for volunteers to help with their fostering service for families escaping domestic violence.

The charity, which has shelters in North London, Heydon and Cambridgeshire desperately needs new volunteersas domestic violence affects one in four families at some point in their lives.

domestic violence affects one in four familiesWood Green‘s Foster Circle is a dedicated group of people, who provide love and temporary shelter in their homes for periods of up to six months. The charity supplies all the food, bedding, veterinary care and other resources, but ideally foster carers will have their own transport and live within a reasonable distance of the shelters in Godmanchester, Heydon or North London in order to be able to access veterinary care or collect resources when necessary.

Wood Green are working with The Dogs Trust (Freedom Project), Paws for Kids, RSPCA PetRetreat and The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. Each charity has its own area to provide assistance and Wood Green aims to deliver this service in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Essex.

Foster Circle development officer Genevieve Samson said: “At present we have 120 people on our fostering database but only about 20 of those are really active.

We really need practical people who understand the ethos behind what we are trying to achieve and don’t get too emotionally attached to the animal, given that it has a home to return to in the future.

“We are looking for people who can foster dogs of all breeds. We also urgently require people who can provide a foster home for cats, if not in their home, then, who might have the space to consider accommodating a reasonable cat run in their garden.”

Anyone interested in becoming part of this service or feel they may need the assistance of the Fostering Circle, should contact the fostering service development officer on 0844 248 8181 or email fostering@woodgreen.org.uk

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