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    Default Foster homes needed for 1-3 weeks dogs and cats? where can i find these?

    Hi All
    Ive just taken a position, a large part of which, is persuading folks, that they really do need to go to hospital. One of the barriers to my success, is pets. It seems no matter how undone your psyche is, you will still worry over your pets happiness and welfare, as the woman did yesterday. She and her cats were going to haven together. (all very loveable notions) only she'd forgotten she had a child, who was dirty, hungry, and flea/lice infested. Child Protection deal with the children rapidly. So no issues there. But they dont/cant give a rats arse about the animals.

    What i need, is an organisation/group/persons that would be willing to foster for the duration of the patients hospital care.
    Yesterday, i had 7 cats to put into care. And nobody would help. Lort Smith took them, for a fee, that will be unable to be paid by the patient when she gets out.

    Most of my patients are very poor, very sick, not thinking straight, making plans that are not viable e/g. The animals yesterday, would be fine, as the angel Garbriel was going to watch them for their owner. Those sort of loose plans.

    One of the cats yesterday i thought, looked in bad shape. mucky eyes, scrawny as. But this turned out to be a healthy, other than conjunctivitis, ancient cat, at least 14yrs old. I know nothing about cats. I'm very scared of cats, and had to handle 7 of them yesterday. I nearly messed myself, but you do what you gotta do sometimes. Thankfully, none of the cats attacked me and i got out of that with no injuries.

    When its a dog that needs a short term home, this is where my heart hurts. And i want to take it home. I am unable to do this for medico-legal ethics reasons.

    Does anyone know of an organisation,that can help me in these situations?
    or
    a charity that will help the person pay the cattery/kenneling bill.

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    hi Bernie

    There was a long running saga on the dark side - about a lady with mental health problems and pets... the RSPCA stepped up and looked after her pets. Unfortunately the RSPCA then allowed someone who was equally mentally incompetent to check the cats out, but they do provide help in exactly this situation.

    Just need to be really clear who can collect the cats on the unwell person's behalf. So that would work until you find other accommodation for them. And I think the RSPCA at Lonsdale has started allowing fostering of some of their surrenders (not the same as temporary assistance but sometimes the staff take the critters home).

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    Thanks Riley. Im going to have to ring them

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    Ive gotten nowhere from those links. Except same explanation:
    If you are surrendering, they will step up. But temp fostering is not within their remit.

    Still have salvos to contact though. This maybe more profitable perhaps.

    There does appear to be risky dirty trick, implied during phone calls:
    report animals as abandoned. ie. owner removed and put in hospital under Mental Health Act counts as animals abandoned from a welfare perspective. But as they know the animal is owned, they cannot rehome immediately. I dont know how long RSPCA/other shelters have to leave it, before they rehome? technically, the owner has not surrendered the dog? So could risk this, as an immediate solution. But cant ethically, as i know, of the risk of animal being rehomed or PTS.

    Its not easy trying to help folks is it???
    Last edited by bernie; 08-01-2015 at 10:13 AM.

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