An RSPCA centre with a shortage of volunteer home visitors is calling on people in Shropshire to come forward and help more animals get rehomed in time for Christmas.

Gonsal Farm Animal Centre in Dorrington is on the lookout for people who can visit the homes of people who have applied to adopt an animal in the RSPCA’s care.

Home visitors talk to potential animal adopters to ensure that they understand the implications of owning a pet. They play an essential role in finding the perfect match for animals which are available for rehoming.

Home visitors also revisit the homes to ensure that the adoption has been a success and to provide support to adopters

Di Jones, deputy manager at Gonsal Farm, said: “So far this year, we have found new homes for 399 animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses. The dedicated staff do all they can to match each animal to the right family – but the care does not end there.

“Every home is visited by a volunteer home visitor who talks through any worries or questions the adopter might have and helps them prepare for their new arrival.

“We would love for more people to volunteer as home visitors – it is a very rewarding role. The RSPCA, like so many charities, depends upon the goodwill of people who are prepared to make the gift of time to help others.”

Those who are interested in becoming a home visitor should call Gonsal Farm on 0300 123 0753, and press option 4.

Alternatively, visit Gonsal Farm’s Christmas Fair on Sunday 6 December, from 11am to 3pm, and speak to a volunteer home visitor.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).