Blue Cross in Hertfordshire is seeking foster carers for homeless cats, dogs and small animals until they find new families.

Centre manager Kellie Brooks said: "Pets thrive in a home environment and our foster carers help us to prepare these pets for their new homes and understand the kind of forever home we need to find for them.

"It is particularly important for us to find foster homes for kittens and puppies, so that they can have positive experiences in a real home during their first few weeks of life.

"This helps them get used to everyday noises and activities, so that they grow into well-adjusted, confident, and happy adult pets."

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Volunteer foster carers need to be over 18, and have access to their own transportation for vet visits and meetings with potential new owners at the centre.

Foster carers can be only available for short periods of time, or at certain times of the year, as they can be useful in emergency cases.

Cats and small animals need a spare room or quiet area in the home to help them adjust.

They will receive full training and all expenses are covered by Blue Cross.