FOSTER CARE PROVIDER Application: Terms and Conditions

Fostering saves lives! Become a part of the MACC Foster Roster!


Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster caregiver with Metro Animal Care & Control in Nashville. 


Fosters provide temporary homes for shelter pets and are essential to our shelter. Fostering with MACC can include cats and dogs that are looking for forever homes, kittens or puppies that aren't old enough to be adopted yet, injured or sick animals in need of a safe place to heal and relax, and more! Opening your heart and home to a shelter pet is such a fun and rewarding experience.


To get started, you will need to read the foster contract and then create a Better Impact account below. 





On this date, I agree to the following terms and conditions for voluntarily fostering an animal from Metro Animal Care and Control, including the Bow Wow Breakout, Adoption Ambassador, and Medical/Neonate foster programs. By completing this application, I acknowledge that I am 18 years or older, and agree to be bound by and to comply with the following terms and conditions.


I agree that my services as an animal Foster Care Provider are provided on a strictly volunteer basis.  I shall receive no pay, benefits, or compensation of any kind from the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (including Metro Animal Care and Control) for my foster care of animals.


I agree to provide foster care in strict compliance with the policies and procedures of Metro Animal Care and Control. These requirements include but are not limited to:


  • Providing adequate food, water, shelter, safe containment and humane treatment for the animal(s) at all times.
  • Monitoring the animal(s) and providing proper care & socialization to increase their possibility for adoption. Note: puppies and dogs are not allowed off-leash or taken to dog parks
  • If participating in the Adoption Ambassador program, sending weekly updates to in the form of bios/photos.
  • Notifying the MACC Staff within 24 hours of any change in the fostered animal’s health, or the animal being lost.
  • Representing myself professionally, in the context of MACC Foster Care.
  • Returning MACC foster animals for sterilization, veterinary care, or otherwise on the specified date(s).


I understand that the animal will not be taken to a place where pets are not allowed.

I agree that the animal will not be left unsupervised with other pets or children.


MACC reserves the exclusive right to determine the proper course of action to take upon notification by the Foster Care Provider of any inability to comply with these terms and conditions.


I understand and agree that the fostered animal(s) are the exclusive property of MACC. This Foster Care Application transfers no ownership rights.


I understand all un-sterilized foster animals must be scheduled for sterilization at MACC and appointments for sterilization will be set up through the Foster Coordinator.


I understand if any foster animal under my care dies, the body must be returned to MACC, or verification of death signed by a licensed veterinarian must be provided.


I will respect MACC’s decision to determine whether a Foster Care Provider can adopt a particular foster animal.


I fully understand and agree that the ultimate disposition of any animal(s) under foster care is at the sole discretion of MACC.


I will vaccinate my own animals against the following diseases before fostering:

  • Canines: immunized against Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Hepatitis

(4-in-1 booster); Bordetella (kennel cough); and Rabies, and are free of parasites.

  • Felines: immunized against Feline Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus (3-in-1

booster), Feline Leukemia and Rabies, and are free of parasites.


I understand no reimbursement by MACC will be given to me regarding any expenditure which I incur for the care and treatment of the foster animal(s).


I understand if a fostered animal under my care or my own animal falls ill or dies from a contagious disease, I will not be considered for fostering other animals of the same species for a period of time specified by MACC. Foster Care Provider will be responsible for appropriately sanitizing all infected areas.  If a Foster Care Provider’s home is exposed to either Parvovirus or Feline Panleukopenia (feline leukemia), (s)he will not be allowed to foster the species of animal affected by the disease for six months.


I understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering in the foster care program. I agree on behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives and executors to allow MACC to use any photographs taken of me for use of public relations efforts. MACC will use reasonable efforts to notify me but such notification is not a condition of its release for public relations purposes.


I understand that I may refuse to be photographed, and that such refusal shall not change my status as a MACC Foster Care Provider.


I have received, read, and understand this Application and terms and conditions.


I understand that any breach of these terms and conditions may result in immediate termination of my volunteer Foster Care Provider status and work, and MACC shall take immediate possession of the fostered animal(s).


I recognize that there exists a risk of injury or disease, including physical harm to myself or others, caused by a foster animal.


I understand that animals can be unpredictable, and Metro Animal Care and Control cannot anticipate or ensure against unexpected conduct of fostered animals. I acknowledge that Metro Animal Care and Control has not made through its agents, volunteers, or employees, any warranties regarding the future condition, temperament, or conduct of the animals. I hereby accept the animals as they are, assume all risks and responsibilities associated with caring for the animals, including bites.


On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives, and executors, I fully and completely release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (including MACC) its directors, officers, agents, volunteers, and employees from any and all claims, causes of action, demands, and liability, of any nature or cause, whether known or unknown, arising from, related to, or in connection with the fostering, care, transportation, maintenance, retention, temperament , conduct, or condition of any animal provided by MACC.


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