Buttercup and AliceRSPCA Newport Animal Centre is appealing for cat fosterers to support the development of felines in their care.

A home environment is “very beneficial” for a cat’s welfare – and the RSPCA has many cats who cannot yet be rehomed and would benefit from time with a foster carer instead.

Fosterers play a vital role in looking after cats in the care of the RSPCA until they can be rehomed.

Young kittens, or pregnant cats, may need to wait some while before they can be rehomed – meaning cattery life is far from ideal. Other felines have specific medical or behavioural traits which mean they feel far happier in a home environment.

Staff at the centre say the opportunity can be a “hugely rewarding” voluntary role for anyone who loves looking after cats.

Ideal candidates will have spare time to spend with animals, have some experience looking after cats and the patience to support the development and specific needs of the animal.

Kathryn Logan, from the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre, said: “We’re on the lookout for cat and kitten foster carers in the Newport area to support our work at Newport Animal Centre.

“Some of the cats in our care aren’t able to be rehomed yet – often for medical or behavioural reasons. Others might be too young, or be pregnant – and we want to get these cats into temporary homes. A home environment can be very beneficial for cats at such stages in their lives.

“Our fostering network does such an important job – and many of our rehoming success stories are in part thanks to the time cats have spent with foster families beforehand.

“We provide all necessary equipment, food and veterinary care – and the most important thing our fosterers can bring is having the time to spend with the animal to help them have the best chance of a happy ending. We’ll also be there to provide ongoing support and training too.

“This is a hugely rewarding opportunity for animal lovers, and we’d urge anyone who wants to spend more time with cats and support the animal welfare work of the RSPCA to find out more and consider making an application.”

Fosterers for the RSPCA include Amanda Clark – who has looked after hundreds of cats for the charity on a temporary basis, and has urged other cat lovers in the region to consider doing the same.

Amanda added: “We’ve been fostering cats for the RSPCA for almost six years – and I recently tried to count how many we’ve taken on, and it’s approximately 300.

“It’s been so amazing – and I’d have kept all the cats if I could. My friends all call me the crazy cat lady! Even though it’s often hard to see them go, it’s great to know I’ve done my job and those cats are going onto a forever home. It’s a bit like sending your kids off to University!

“We have adopted a couple of the hundreds of cats we’ve fostered – and six-year-old Buttercup and kitten Alice are right at home with us.

“I’ve heard so many nice stories of happy endings for the cats we’ve fostered. I’d urge anyone in a position to do it to jump at the chance. It’s so beneficial for you, the animal – and also any children you may have; as I think it helps teach people that animals are there to be loved, and teaches respect and important life lessons.

“Fostering is such a fulfilling experience. It’s so easy to work with the RSPCA – and all the staff are brilliant and give us everything we need.”

More information on the role, and how to apply, can be found on the RSPCA volunteering website.