AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION: Horsham PAWS member and foster carer Guin Cleminson with a dog she is fostering. The dog needs a permanent home. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTWO Horsham foster carers have encouraged other people to take on volunteer work for animals.
Guin Cleminson and Verity Drysdale are both Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support members and foster carers.
Miss Cleminson said her involvement in the group led her to become a foster carer.
“I adopted a dog and two cats through Horsham PAWS and I’m a paying member each year,” she said.
“They asked me if I’d be interested in being a foster carer. It’s really good.”
Miss Cleminson said she had enjoyed her experience as a carer so far.
“Just knowing you’re giving a little dog a better life, even if it’s only a temporary role, is amazing,” she said.
“They respond so quickly to any attention, it’s really nice.”
Miss Cleminson encouraged other people to consider becoming foster carers.
She said it was ideal for people who could not commit to a pet for life.
“It wouldn’t be a 10-15 year commitment,” she said.
“People considering getting a pet for their kids could do fostering.
“They could see if their kids are helping to take it for walks and looking after it properly.”
Miss Cleminson said she also enjoyed being part of the community.
Miss Drysdale said she had been foster caring for months and loved every moment of it.
She said through fostering an animal, she learnt what it liked or did not like, and its temperament.
“I can tell the new adoptive parents about what the dog is like, which helps,” she said.
Miss Drysdale said her last foster pet, a dog named Patch, had been with her for six weeks before being adopted.
She said typically the process was much faster, with her first foster dog staying a few days before being adopted.
Miss Drysdale said it was important more people took on foster caring. She said it gave pound animals a second life.
“It gives a chance to rehouse as many dogs and cats as we can,” she said.
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