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Meet some of our Long Term Fosters

 

As a rescue, the RSPCA has a reputation. For some individuals this is positive and for others, unfortunately it’s negative.

 

Here at RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks branch our volunteers and staff know that there is no way to keep everyone happy, but we are striving to change people’s concepts.

 

We are an independent representative of the RSPCA. We are governed by their principles and policies, however we are managed by a team of people who believe protecting the animals in their community is of paramount importance.

 

Our branch DOES NOT euthanise animals because of FIV or other health issues. Often this can have financial implications, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. If an animal has the option for a good quality of life, then we will ensure it gets it.

 

As a result, we have around 67 animals in long term foster care. These range from cats and rabbits to birds and guinea pigs.

 

Over the coming weeks we will introduce you to a few of these special animals, but we’d like to also take this opportunity to thank the fosterers who support them.

 

If you would like to support our work, please consider donating either as a one-off payment, or a monthly contribution. We are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.

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This is Charlie...

He is one of three siblings, who all remain in RSPCA's long term foster care! All three were trapped at a waste recycling centre in MK almost 5 years ago. Discovered to be part of a colony, that runs along a railway line incorporating many businesses. This colony had supposedly been active for many years prior our involvement.

 

Our team of volunteers spent a good few months running a TNR scheme to try and get the colony situation under control. To the best of our knowledge these three were the last kittens born there! We remain in contact with people in the area, who contact us as soon as a new cat is spotted so we can deal with the situation immediately.

Charlie, Tabitha and Jess were incredibly sick when they were trapped, and spent weeks being medicated (sadly their other sibling passed away on site..).

Whilst Tabitha is pretty much domesticated, Charlie and Jess remained feral, they were at risk of ongoing health issues and would of struggled at a feral placement, so they stayed in the safe hands of long term fosterer Debbie.

Tabitha needed to have a full dental done by the age of one! She also suffers with pillow foot from time to time. Charlie has also recently required a full dental, and we expect Jess will too in the near future...

This is sadly the reality of many cats and kittens that come into our care with health issues due to consistent interbreeding. Neutering would have prevented this colony from even developing in the beginning.

We still receive regular updates on the neutered ferals that remain in the area, being supported by staff at the businesses there. It's great that we develop these ongoing relationships in place, as it helps to prevent colonies from getting out of control. A neutered colony is generally a healthier colony.

If you are aware of a potential colony situation - please get in touch so we can help you - 01908 611179 / branch@mkrspca.org.uk

We have several long term foster cats in care, who we cover all of their ongoing medical treatment. If you would like to donate to support these cats or provide a safe space for one of them yourself, please get in touch.

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Kiara has been in the care of RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks rescue for seventeen weeks and is now in Long Term Foster Care.

 

On arrival she had various medical problems including chronic diarrhoea, a cloudy eye, fleas, loss of fur, misshapen body/underweight, dental issues.

 

It was quickly established Kiara had pectus excavatum which means her breastbone is sunken her chest. This has affected her growth and may continue to affect the development and function of her heart and lungs.

Kiara has received a number of medical treatments and is currently living her best life chasing butterflies in the garden at her foster home.

 

If you would like to support our work, please consider donating either as a one-off payment, or a monthly contribution. We are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.

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Slinky Malinki has been cared for by RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks rescue for two years. He was moved to his Long Term Foster placement a week after arriving, following a diagnosis of moderate Cerebellar Hypoplasia.

Cerebellar Hypoplasia is caused when the cerebellum of the brain fails to develop properly. The cerebellum is the portion of the brain that controls fine motor skills, balance, and coordination.

The condition means Slinky is far more prone to have accidents - falls from furniture or down stairs, or collisions with objects.

Slinky has to have regular help with grooming and occasionally has to suffer a bath when he falls in the litter tray!

He is loved by his foster family very much, and they have made modifications to their home to help him with his safety.

If you would like to support our work, please consider donating either as a one-off payment, or a monthly contribution. We are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.

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Tabitha has been cared for by RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks branch for four years, becoming a Long Term Foster before she was even a year old.

Tabitha and her siblings Charlie and Jess arrived at our rescue when they were just nine weeks old. They all went straight into foster care as they were suffering from chronic cat flu.

They were rescued by staff and volunteers from a waste recycling plant in Milton Keynes. At the time, there was a whole colony of feral cats living and breeding at the site. They were already sick, but each and every time they multiplied their offspring grew sicker.

We supported the plant to ensure every single cat was neutered and only returned if it was healthy. We continue to work with the team, so whenever a cat appears within the colony we are notified and will step in to ensure all of the cats remain neutered.

With Tabitha, it became apparent she had other additional medical problems, including severe stomatitis.

She also had regular flare ups of Urinary Tract Infections and Plasma Cell Pododermatitis so needed constant monitoring.

Charlie and Jess remain chronic cat flu sufferers so have regular eye infections and ongoing dental disease. Unfortunately managing this is made slightly more complicated as they are both still feral!

Charlie and Jess live independently and only receive contact with their human when medical issues arise, and Tabitha is loved despite her faults.

If you would like to support our work, please consider donating either as a one-off payment, or a monthly contribution. We are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.

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