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Kittens need foster carers

THE upcoming kitten season is fast approaching, and the Ten Lives Cat Centre is seeking more than 100 new foster carers to meet growing demands.

With free training, 24- hour support and free cat food, litter and vet care, fostering a kitten from Ten Lives has never been easier.

Long-time foster carer Vikki Burnett has reared 656 kittens in the past six and a half years, and says being a foster carer has given her life new meaning after she was forced to stop work.

“After taking early retirement due to personal reasons, I found myself looking for something to occupy my time,” she said.

“It wasn’t until my son came home one afternoon with a sick kitten that I found my new calling.

“Every kitten offers unconditional love if you treat them with care.

“Saying goodbye to a foster kitten is never easy, but when you receive a call from the shelter saying they have gone to a new loving home there is no better feeling in the world.”

Vikki specialises in the care of neo-natal kittens and is currently caring for a litter of six.

Ten Lives Manager Noel Hunt said there is an option for everyone looking to foster this coming kitten season.

“At present, we are down to only 120 foster carers,” Mr Hunt said.

“This happens annually because many of our foster carers end up adopting the kittens as they become older.”

Mr Hunt said without new foster carers, Ten Lives will not be able to deal with incoming new intake.

“There are many foster opportunities available, including basic care requirements, such as ensuring a kitten puts on weight before surgery or cats that just need time out of the shelter,” he said.

“Kittens and cats are much healthier and happier in a home environment, so I urge anyone who is in the position to foster to reach out to Ten Lives.”

Visit tenlives.com.au to find out how to become a foster carer.

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