Fostering a dog

The RSPCA rely on fosterers to provide temporary homes for the animals in their care. When you foster a dog or cat, you’ll be freeing up space in animal centres so that it is possible to rescue more animals in desperate need.

Animal fostering is an important role. It helps to play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home. Many animals have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserve. Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-to-one care. Allowing them to build up confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle.

Other animals don’t cope well in an animal centre environment. This is where the RSPCA need people to take them in to provide them with a real home, even if it is only on a temporary basis. It’s rewarding to know that you played a key part in the rehoming process and it gives an alternative to people who would normally be unable to take in an animal long term due to other commitments.

There are three types of animal fostering role:

  • Fosterers for animals ready to be rehomed
  • Fosterers for case animals whilst the legal proceedings take place
  • Fosterers for the PetRetreat scheme that helps families who are suffering from domestic abuse

To find out more about fostering, please visit

FIA Formula E is Coming to Channel 5

We are delighted to have announced that we will be broadcasting the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Channel 5 will broadcast all FIA Formula E events live, with sister channel Spike broadcasting the qualifying rounds.

Formula E is the first all-electric motor racing series, with major players from the world of motor sport taking part. The championship is fought over by ten teams, made up of two drivers in each event across the globe, from Buenos Aires to Berlin, Mexico City to Monaco. Many of the drivers have Formula One credentials including Nick Heidfeld, Nelson Piquet Jr. and current Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi.

The sport not only embraces future technologies within motoring and motor sports, FIA Formula E also encourages fans to interact with the drivers and the sport via social media, with fans being able to vote for their favourites drivers to receive extra power or ‘FanBoost’.

The season kicks off on 9th October with coverage live from Hong Kong with Channel 5 showing every race up until New York on 30th July. FIA Formula E will complement Channel 5’s existing sport programming including EFL highlights, Test Cricket programming and boxing.