RSPCA Mackay has opened its doors and is ready to get its foster care program up and running. Volunteer property checkers are essential to the operation of the program. To ensure that our foster animals are headed to secure, safe, comfortable and caring home environments, we rely on our property checkers to visit each home and give it the big "thumbs up". Without our state-wide team of property checkers, every one of the twelve RSPCA-operated foster care programs in Queensland would grind to a halt and thousands of animals every year would miss out on getting that all important 'second chance'.

The training for our volunteer property checkers is very straightforward:

  • You send an email to fostering@rspcaqld.org.au and we post you out an easy-to-read training booklet.
  • You work through the booklet (which should only take about 10 minutes) and complete 10 simple multiple-choice questions at the end.
  • You pop the completed questionnaire, plus a signed volunteer agreement form, into the stamped self-addressed envelope that we have provided and post it back to us.
  • Once we're sure that you've read the booklet by answering the questions correctly, you'll be added to our list of available property checkers for Mackay.

What happens then?

  • Every few weeks or so, depending on how many new foster carers we manage to sign up, an email or call is made to all of the property checkers in Mackay, with a list of property checks that need to be assigned.
  • Property checkers choose which ones they can help with and are forwarded the contact details of the foster carer (there is no obligation to do a set number of property checks each month or year – it's up to you to decide how much you want to take on).
  • You touch base with the carer and organise a mutually convenient time for the property check.
  • You visit the person's home and complete the property check forms. The questions range from "what is the height of the lowest fence?" to "is an area of the home able to securely keep felines inside at all times?"
  • You send the completed forms back to the foster care team and, if the home seems secure, safe, comfortable and caring, the foster carer is added to the available foster carer list.
  • If the property seems unsuitable, you report back to the foster care team and they discuss the situation with the prospective foster carer. You don't have to have any "sticky conversations" with a carer whose property does not meet the basic requirements.

Just email fostering@rspcaqld.org.au for more information about becoming a foster property checker and become a "Legend".