Pet Fostering Service Scotland (PFSS) is a registered charity, established in 1985 to assist local pet owners on a low income who need their animals cared for on a temporary basis, for example if they need hospital treatment and cannot arrange alternative care for their animal.
If a pet owner is in one of these situations and is unable to afford boarding fees or arrange any other care for their pet, then PFSS will try to help.
PFSS does not operate a boarding centre or kennels but relies solely on volunteers who welcome the pet into their own home.
Its foster carers have been approved through an assessment process and had a home visit by its team.
A network of PFSS volunteers provide foster care for pets until they can be reunited with their owners.
PFSS are looking for local volunteers who are willing to open their hearts and homes to pets on a short-term basis.
Unfortunately, each year, the charity has to turn away about 120 fostering requests due to having no available foster home.
It is looking for animal lovers with time to spend with a foster pet and experience of caring for animals.
The majority of its fostering requests are for cats and dogs. This is a hugely rewarding role and offers the chance to make a significant difference in local pet and pet owners’ lives.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with PFSS should get in touch with by calling 0844 811 9909, option 5 then 1, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.pfss.org.uk for more information and an online application pack.
Established in 1985, PFSS is a voluntary scheme using a National Volunteer co-ordinator and 14 area organisers who support more than 200 volunteer foster carers across Scotland.
The service is still provided solely by volunteers and priority is still given to pets of elderly owners; all requests for fostering are given sympathetic consideration.