Foster Family Policies and Acknowledgments

Foster Family Policies and Acknowledgments

Please read the following statements about the Foster Program and check the box at the bottom to indicate you have read, understand and agree to them. Please contact the Foster Team with any questions.

  • The pet(s) you foster may or may not be house/litter trained. Pets can be messy, and you understand he/she/they may have accidents in your home.
  • Like many pets, your foster(s) may chew, scratch, or show other destructive behaviors which could cause damage to your personal belongings. Great Plains SPCA is not responsible for any damage caused by a foster pet.
  • All dogs will be fitted with a collar and have an identification tag prior while in the foster home. You agree to keep any foster dog(s) on a collar and leash (both can always be provided by Great Plains SPCA) or in an enclosed area during his/her/their stay with you.
  • If a foster pet ever escapes your care, you will inform Great Plains SPCA immediately. 
  • Foster pets should only receive veterinary care or medications as directed by Great Plains SPCA. Great Plains SPCA will not reimburse foster for any unapproved veterinary expenses
  • Representatives from Great Plains SPCA may need to contact you to discuss your foster pets. You agree to be entirely honest and forthright in regard to your foster pet's condition, be it positive or negative.
  • If a foster pet is known to have a contagious disease, this will be shared prior to foster placement. However, there is always some risk to your own pets, especially if your foster pets are not kept separate from your own. You understand Great Plains SPCA is not responsible for your own pet's medical treatment.
  • While we try to seek foster family input, Great Plains SPCA is the legal guardian of all foster pets and has the final authority regarding the pet's adoption, treatment, medical care, training or disposition. 
  • As a foster family, you may have an animal in your care for a short period of time (a few days) or an extended period (several months). The length of foster will be discussed prior to foster placement but the amount of time is subject to change depending on space at the shelter or the pet's medical or behavioral needs. If you know you will be on vacation or otherwise unavailable to foster during the period of time you are being ask to foster, please communicate that with the Foster Team as soon as possible so we can find a suitable alternative for the foster pet(s) in your care. 
  • Although this is an option of last resort, it is occasionally necessary to euthanize pets that have been in foster care for medical or behavioral reasons. If you ever have a question about why a decision was made about a certain pet, please contact the Foster Manager. 
  • Great Plains is not responsible for any damage caused by the foster pet(s) to people or to property. 
  • It is the foster's responsibility to be in compliance with state and municipal foster laws. 
  • When actively fostering Great Plains SPCA animals, you will not fosters animals from any other animal rescue or animal welfare organization.
  • I represent that neither I, nor anyone in the household in which a Great Plains SPCA pet will be fostered, has been accused or convicted of a crime involving animal abuse, neglect, cruelty or domestic violence and I commit that no individual who has been accused or convicted of a crime involving animal abuse, neglect, cruelty or domestic violence will be allowed into the household of a Great Plains SPCA pet at any time.
  • I agree to present a current photo identification and I hereby consent to Great Plains SPCA running a background check as it deems necessary as part of its volunteer and foster screening process. 


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