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 Manager with any questions.

  1. The pets 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.
  2. 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.
  3. All dogs will be fitted with a martingale collar with an identification tag prior to sending them to a foster home. You agree to keep any foster dog(s) on a martingale collar and leash (both provided by Great Plains SPCA) or in an enclosed area at all times during his/her/their stay with you.
    OR
    You agree to keep your foster cat(s) confined inside your home or in a secure carrier at all times during his/her/their stay with you.
  4. If a foster pet ever escapes your care, you will inform Great Plains SPCA immediately. 
  5. Foster pets should only receive veterinary care or medications as directed by Great Plains SPCA. Great Plains SPCA will not reimburse foster volunteers for any unapproved veterinary expenses. 
  6. Representatives from Great Plains SPCA may need to contact you to discuss your foster pets. You agree to be entirely honest and forthright in regards to your foster pet's condition, be it positive or negative.
  7. 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.
  8. While we try to seek foster family input, Great Plains SPCA is the legal guardian of all foster pets and has the final authority in regards to the pet's adoption, treatment or disposition. 
  9. 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 of time (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 Manager as soon as possible so we can find a suitable alternative for the foster pet(s) in your care. 
  10. 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. 
  11. Great Plains is not responsible for any damage caused by the foster pet(s) to people or to property. 
  12. It is the foster's responsibility to be in compliance with state and municipal foster laws. 

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