Becoming a veterinary nurse was inevitable for me. The love and respect I have for animals and their welfare is at the absolute core of my being. Before my studies, I volunteered my time when and where ever needed. But it wasn’t until I started working in a clinic that I became a foster carer for dogs. This I found, has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done! What I wish I knew earlier is that I didn’t have to be a nurse or even in the industry to become a carer, All you need is a whole lot of love and dedication.

Rescue groups are based wholly on the work of volunteers, public donations and are non-profit organisations.

These groups are always looking for new carers who can help provide temporary homes and tlc for the pets that are rescued until permanent homes are found. This can be a matter of days, weeks or several months. The animals veterinary bills are taken care of and food donations are provided. You can specify the type of animal you would like to care for ( dog or cat, gender, breed, size, age etc ) Being a foster carer is a great way to enjoy the company of animals and provide them with the love and affection they have been so unfairly deprived of. And of course it is so rewarding and great for the soul.

People often ask me how I do it, ‘How do you say goodbye when they are adopted’?
To be honest, it’s always through tear soaked eyes that we say our goodbyes. But it’s ok, to know they have found a loving home that will give them the best care is exactly why carers do what we do.

There are so many rescues around and they rely on the kindness and generosity of fellow animal lovers such as you and there are many ways that you can help. At the top of the list is becoming a foster carer. If this isn’t a possibility then consider some of the others;

Donate goods- such items as flea and worm treatments, pet food, dog kennels, beds, dog coats, toys, balls, towels, blankets, sheets, etc.

Donate money- Vet bills for rescues are in the thousands per month, let alone the rest of the expenses such as transportation, food and supplies. All of the funding comes from animal adoption fees which doesn’t always cover the animals costs, the organisations are always grateful for monetary contributions.

Help out at fundraising events- BBQ’s, garage sales, raffles, or private events. Get involved or turn up to show your support.

Not only do we want more people to become involved in such wonderful causes. We need to change our thought process  when considering adding a new family member to the clan. Take the time to learn about the breeds of animals you are considering to be certain they will be the right pet. Find out where they really come from.  Too often mature animals are dumped due to reasons that could have been a non-issue if a bit of forethought was put in before taking on the animal.

Have restraint when looking for a pet, impulse buying is not how to choose a pet. Think of the life span of the animal, most domestic pets will live up to an average of 15 years. That’s a big commitment.

And of course the big one, ‘Don’t Shop. Adopt! This message could not be any clearer.

Please visit the Dog Rescue Newcastle if you would like more information on adoption.