Battersea dog and cat foster carers – photo essay

Photographer Jill Mead has been meeting the staff, volunteers and foster carers of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, who have taken in animals during the coronavirus crisis while they are found permanent homes

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has a network of more than 1,000 volunteers and foster carers to call on when necessary. In normal circumstances, an average stay is 34 days for dogs and 25 days for cats.

The home has had lots of generous offers from people willing to open their homes to its animals during the past couple of months, but had to suspend new fostering applications in order to prioritise working with existing staff and volunteers to provide ongoing care for the dogs and cats during the coronavirus pandemic.

Battersea rehomed more than 4,000 animals last year – an average of six dogs and six cats per day

The kittens, over Zoom

Usual work/lifestyle doesn’t allow me to have a dog, so this is the dream compromise

Ned has had some medical issues, but despite this he is super-resilient and loving and we think he’s just the best

Battersea relies on the generosity of the public in order to care for the thousands of animals that arrive at the three centres each year. The best way to show your support right now is to make a donation

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Source: theguardian
Battersea dog and cat foster carers – photo essay