Launch of fostering scheme for abandoned pets

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Medway Matters

How do you fancy becoming a foster carer…for a dog?

Medway Council has launched an innovative new scheme to place stray dogs in loving homes until full time owners can be found.

The council picked up around 1,000 stray dogs last year and means kennel space is at a premium.

There are many reasons a dog ends up wandering the streets, sometimes it’s simply accidental and they’ve escaped from their owners, other times it can be more sinister as dogs are deliberately abandoned.

The rise in strays could be linked to people finding it tougher to afford to keep a pet.

But around 300 dogs are returned to their owners each year because they are microchipped.

You may not know it, but the council can offer you free microchipping for your pet – giving you complete piece of mind should it go missing.

For those dogs where the owners can’t be simply traced through a microchip, the future isn’t as bright.

Once picked up by community wardens, they spend a week in the care of the council at Jasmil Kennels near Sittingbourne

If the owner is still not traced or doesn’t come forward to claim their dog, the kennels then become responsible for the pet and will try and find it a loving home.

If an owner can’t be found, the dog sadly has to be put to sleep as a last measure.

That’s a situation nobody wants to see and is why the new foster carers for pets scheme could help prevent that by placing dogs in an approved and loving home.

Placing them in a home while a full time owner is found helps free up space at the kennels and – more importantly – is better for the dog.

Call us on 01634 333333 for more information and to register your interest or click here to watch the video

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