WESTERN Australia has almost 35,000 homeless or abandoned pets.
The figure is on the increase and, according to animal adoption agency PetRescue, there is a high demand for animal foster families.
PetRescue founder Vickie Davy said that the typical pet foster family looks after a pet until a permanent home is found, sometimes adopting the pet themselves.
“Every year, animals find themselves in the pound facing an uncertain future,” she said.
“Pet foster carers support rescue groups by opening their homes to a homeless pet until a permanent family is found.”
She said foster families had many dynamics to suit dogs with all needs.
“Foster carers come from all walks of life; from retirees who love pets but want to travel, to students who can’t commit to a pet for the long-term but still want to love and care for an animal,” she said.
It was National Pet Foster Day on September 13 and Pet Stock in Cannington was among 100 stores nation-wide that invited the community to take pets for adoption or for fostering.
The store had about 30 pets for the public to meet and greet.