AN ANIMAL charity is encouraging people to open up their homes for furry companions ahead of International Dogs Day.

RSPCA Wrexham District and Deeside Branch is looking for volunteers who are able to provide a temporary home to rescued dogs in Flintshire and Wrexham.

Animals in RSPCA care have been rescued from cruelty, neglect and suffering. The charity spends weeks, sometimes months rehabilitating animals and preparing them for a new life and a loving new home.

Last year, figures show that 535 animals were rescued in Flintshire with an additional 388 rescued from Wrexham.

The charity’s main activity has been the successful welfare clinic based in Queensferry and Wrexham providing subsidised veterinary treatment to low income pet owners. Now the branch is looking to do more for their furry friends with an aim to increase the fostering and rehoming of animals.

Dylan Evans, Volunteer & Events Officer said: “We are hoping this story reaches those who feel they will be able to help us. It takes a special kind of person who’s passionate about animal welfare to support us with our aim to end cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate suffering to animals. Animal fostering volunteers are amazing people and we are truly grateful for their support.”

In celebration of International dog day on Monday, August 26, the charity is asking people to become a dog fosterer and open up their home for a dog in need of love and care.

Dylan added: "Fosterers are animal-loving, compassionate people who generously open up their lives and homes to care temporarily for animals who are in need.

"Fosterers offer their time, care, homes and love for free. Knowledge of animal care and previous experience of owning the type of animal you wish to foster is desirable but not essential."

More information about fostering, can be found by contacting the RSPCA Wrexham District & Deeside branch on 07713092045