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At the 2009 AGM of the National Council of SPCAs, the SPCA uMgeni (formerly Howick) proposed that “at the discretion of individual Societies (for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – SPCAs) animals may be placed in suitable temporary foster homes provided such foster homes are assessed, approved and regularly monitored by SPCA officers.”
“Fostering would be subject to strict records being maintained and with the SPCA retaining full rights to the fostered animals.”
The advantages of fostering were put forward, the issue was debated. The motion was defeated.
The issue of fostering continues to arise. To establish a separate fostering unit of personnel to oversee fostering involves finance. Many SPCAs find themselves in financial dire straits already.
Assessing individuals and properties requires knowledge and experience – a qualification preferably – and cannot be left or delegated, no matter how well-meaning those people may be.