When the dog is outside, he/she will not be kept outside unsupervised or when not home even if in a fenced yard or on a tie line.
will make sure the dog is always wearing proper identification (Tag and collar provided by MSMR)
will not be kept outside except for reasonable periods of time, such as for play, exercise, and or go to the bathroom
will never be left outside unsupervised or when I am not home, even if in a fenced yard or on a tie line.
will always be kept on a leash when outside, and will only allow him/her to run loose in a securely fenced yard
will not be taken to any dog parks unless prior permission is given.
will never be left unsupervised/unattended in any vehicle
will clean up after the dog in public places and obey all "pooper-scooper" laws
will provide the dog with affection, mental stimulation through play and training, socialization, and regular exercise, appropriate to his/her health and physical condition.
will provide the dog with consistent meals and fresh water, and maintain him/her at a proper weight.
will provide the dog with comfortable and clean bedding, and appropriate toys.
will never leave the dog without proper care for more than 12 hours
will advise at least 14 days in advance if need to be gone during the duration of the foster and make arrangements for a temporary foster
will not leave adult dogs over 8 hours, puppies over 4 hours in crates and no more than 16 hours total in a 24 hour period.
will make sure the crate, if used, is appropriate size (room for sit, stand, turn around and lie down comfortably)
will request MSMR's permission to groom the dog myself (other than bathing) if able, or to take the dog to a professional groomer (which will be at my own expense unless preapproved by MSMR).
will contact MSMR immediately if the dog becomes ill or injured,
will seek timely veterinary care. I will provide a detailed description of the situation and a number where I can be reached. If my call is not returned within two hours (unless an emergency), I will be deemed authorized to proceed with necessary treatment as recommended by a licensed veterinarian.
will be reimbursed for any illness/condition not resulting from my care, if I provide MSMR with receipts for all services rendered. I understand that I will not be reimbursed for any injury sustained by the dog due to negligence or not following the foster rules.
will not have any cosmetic surgery performed on the dog that will alter or change his/her appearance in any way, shape or form (i.e. ear cropping, tail docking, debarking).
will not euthanize the dog without the approval/authorization of MSMR. I will notify MSMR immediately upon the death of the dog, and prior to the disposal of the body.
Behavior and Training
will use my best judgment and take all necessary precautions to protect myself when providing daily care and training for the foster dog until I have had sufficient time to become familiar with his/her personality and behavior. I will use my best judgment and take all necessary precautions when first introducing the dog to other members of my household and other family pets, as well as with new people and new situations until the dog has become fully adjusted to my home. I will closely supervise all interaction with children.
will provide appropriate and humane behavior modification for behavioral problems including, but not limited to housebreaking accidents and urine marking, chewing, barking, digging, aggression, and biting. I will contact MSMR if the dog exhibits behavioral problems that are beyond my ability to reasonably manage.
will never use harsh physical discipline, and will never physically abuse the dog.
will never train or encourage the dog to behave in an aggressive manner for the purpose of protection.
will advise MSMR immediately if I plan to change my address and/or phone number. I will request MSMR's permission to transfer the dog to my new address.
will advise MSMR immediately if the dog is lost or stolen, and make every reasonable effort to recover the dog, including, but not limited to posting flyers, and contacting local shelters and veterinarians. Follow-up
will advise MSMR regularly as to the condition and adjustment of the dog. I will allow a MSMR representative to visit my home to check on the health and welfare of the dog, and for the purpose of determining compliance with the terms and conditions of this agreement if deemed necessary. Transfer of Ownership
understand that I am acting as a temporary custodian of any and all dogs fostered for MSMR, and that MSMR remains the lawful owner of the dog. I will surrender the dog to a MSMR representative within 48 hours if requested to do so for any reason.
will never abandon the dog. I will never give, sell, or transfer ownership of the dog to another person, relative, rescue group, humane association, shelter or pound, pet store, or any medical or experimental laboratory or similar organization.
If I transfer the dog without the knowledge and approval of MSMR, I understand that MSMR will reclaim the dog from the transferee and will pursue legal means to do so if necessary, and will pursue legal means to redress any harm done to the dog.
If I decide that I would like to adopt the foster dog, I will advise MSMR and follow all adoption procedures. I understand that while I have been permitted to foster a dog, this does not precipitate permission to adopt. I understand that MSMR makes the final decision regarding the adoption of this dog, which is based on the best interest of the dog.
If I am no longer able to foster the dog, I will contact MSMR immediately. Arrangements will be made as quickly as possible for a MSMR representative to reclaim the dog.
understand that MSMR cannot, and does not make any guarantees as to the health, temperament, mental disposition, and training of the dog. I hereby foster the dog at my own risk.
fully and completely release MSMR, its founder and volunteers, from any and all claims and liability, including, but not limited to, any defects or illnesses the dog may have or develop, and for any injury or damage to persons, property, or other household pets, which may be caused by the dog. I further agree to indemnify and hold MSMR harmless against any and all claims and liability, including, but not limited to, those asserted by third parties for any injury or damage to persons or property caused by the dog.
certify that all the animals in my home are current in their vaccinations. I fully and completely release MSMR from any and all claims and liability for any illness that my animals might develop, even if said illness might have been procured from the dog fostered for MSMR
will never breed a dog fostered for MSMR if he/she has not been spayed or neutered while in my care. I will take all necessary precautions to prevent a foster dog from breeding. I certify that I have never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment by a court of law or other governmental authority. I certify that I have read this foster agreement in full (all ___ pages), and that I understand all of the terms and conditions. I understand that if I made any misrepresentation about myself or home environment, or if I don’t abide by all of the terms and conditions of this agreement and my failure to do so in any way jeopardizes or adversely affects the health and welfare of the dog, that MSMR can terminate this contract for foster care and reclaim the dog without notice, irrespective of any expenditures that I have made, and may pursue legal means to do so if necessary. I understand that MSMR may pursue legal means to redress any harm done to the dog. I understand that this contract for foster care is legal and binding, and will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington.
We are always in need of fosters! Seeing as we are a foster based rescue, without fosters we can't continue to rescue dogs. We are very flexible and allow you to be involved in the process of choosing which dog you get to foster!
We provide all dog food(if you would like, some fosters choose to feed their own food), as well as all vet care and anything else that the dog may need.
If fostering and saving a life sounds like something that may interest you, please contact us via the contact page. We would be more than happy to answer any questions or get a foster application started for you!