FOSTER CONTRACT

 

  • I agree to provide the authorized UNDERDOG representative, or his/her designate, access to all parts of my home and property for a home inspection before my application to foster is approved. 

  • I agree that I am over 21 years of age. 

  • I agree to provide my foster animal with proper and routine veterinary care, arranged by UNDERDOG including a yearly wellness exam, current, required and recommended vaccinations, and urgent and emergency care as needed. I also understand that I must keep my foster animal on regular heartworm and flea &tick preventative medication, if recommended by UNDERDOG, in addition to any other medications as prescribed by the UNDERDOG vet. All medical issues related to the foster animal will be communicated immediately. 

  • I understand that I am financially responsible for all proper and routine foster animal care including all food, toys, shelter, etc. for my foster animal. Unless other arrangements are made with an UNDERDOG representative. 

  • I understand that UNDERDOG provides no guarantee as to the health of my foster animal, and that my foster animal may have significant medical needs, socialization problems, and not be housebroken. 

  • I will not arrange or pay for, or otherwise cause, any elective veterinary procedure to be performed on the foster animal during the period covered by this agreement, without the express written consent of the authorized UNDERDOG representative, or his/her designate. 

  • I understand that I may only have my foster animal temporarily. 

  • I agree that I am fostering this animal for UNDERDOG, and that I do not have any right of ownership over my foster animal. I further agree that UNDERDOG’s rights in and to my foster animal are superior to mine. I also agree to provide the authorized UNDERDOG representative, access to my home and property to check on my foster animal (in a reasonable amount of time) at any time that I am in possession of my foster animal. 

  • I agree to immediately return any foster animal in my care to UNDERDOG, at the request of the authorized UNDERDOG representative, at any time and for any reason. 

  • If UNDERDOG is forced to undertake any action to enforce this provision of the agreement, I agree to indemnify UNDERDOG for all court costs and attorneys’ fees connected with such an action. 

  • If I am planning to move at any time during the period covered by this agreement, I agree to contact the authorized UNDERDOG representative prior to my move, with new contact information. I understand that UNDERDOG has the right to request return of my foster animal based on such a change of residence, and agree that I will surrender my foster animal to UNDERDOG immediately upon request. 

  • I understand that, as long as I provide foster care to my foster animal to UNDERDOG’s satisfaction, I will be given the first right of adoption of my foster animal, at such time as UNDERDOG decides to offer my foster animal for adoption. 

  • If at any point I can no longer, or do not want to continue to, provide care, food, shelter or veterinary care for my foster animal, I agree to contact the authorized UNDERDOG representative and arrange for surrender and return of my foster animal back to UNDERDOG. 

  • I will not transfer possession or custody of my foster animal to any other person at any time, except for temporary, short-term possession for the purpose of vet care, grooming, etc. 

  • I agree to contact the authorized UNDERDOG representative with any and all questions or concerns about my foster animal or the fostering program, as well as with updated contact information. 

  • I agree that if I refuse to comply with any provision of this agreement, UNDERDOG has the right to terminate this agreement and also has the right to the immediate surrender and return of my foster animal and any other animals for whom I am providing foster care for UNDERDOG. I further consent to provide UNDERDOG with access to my premises if necessary to facilitate the return. 

  • The fosterer shall transport the animal to and from any UNDERDOG adoption events that he or she is reasonably able to attend, or help in facilitating the adoption of the animal. The UNDERDOG representatives shall, in its sole discretion, make any decisions about the placement or adoption of the animal.

  • The use of the following training aids, techniques, and actions are strictly prohibited: Use of electronic shock collars, striking the animal in any way, except in self-defense, allowing the animal to run off leash in any place that is not entirely and adequately enclosed or fenced, tying the animal outside for extended periods of time, and allowing any person to taunt, torment or abuse the animal. 

  • The fosterer agrees to provide an adequate supply of high quality pet food suitable for the animal. Any treats, bones or toys provided for the animal by the fosterer shall be at the expense of the fosterer. UNDERDOG may, in its sole discretion, reimburse the fosterer for any specialized dietary food, supplements or products provided to the animal by the fosterer on the fosterer’s own initiative. 

  • UNDERDOG shall reimburse the fosterer for any veterinary care, vaccinations, surgery or prescriptions which UNDERDOG expressly approved in advance of treatment or expressly approved after the treatment was administered, such approval to be rendered in the sole discretion of UNDERDOG. The fosterer will be responsible for any non approved expenses. Any other expenses borne by the fosterer may be reimbursed by UNDERDOG in its sole discretion, but UNDERDOG shall not become liable for any additional expenses without its approval. 

  • The fosterer understands that the animal may have come from an uncertain background where it may have been exposed to stress, neglect or abuse. The 

  • fosterer also understands that UNDERDOG has not thoroughly evaluated the temperament of the animal and that it may possess quirks, idiosyncrasies and problems that have not yet been discovered. The fosterer acknowledges and agrees that the care to be provided by the fosterer includes the ongoing evaluation and management of the animal’s temperament by the fosterer in cooperation with and under the supervision of UNDERDOG. The fosterer accepts responsibility for any and all events that occur in connection with the fostering of an UNDERDOG animal. 

  • The fosterer recognizes that some animals may have behavior problems and the fosterer assumes all risks associated with those potential problems. UNDERDOG is a strictly volunteer organization. As such UNDERDOG depends on its volunteers to provide all necessary labor and to assume all related liability. By signing this contract the fosterer hereby agrees not to hold UNDERDOG or any of its agents, volunteers, successors and heirs liable for any physical, emotional or property damages that may arise from its involvement with UNDERDOG. This includes any and all activities that fosterer performs as an UNDERDOG volunteer. 

  • I understand that patience is crucial. I understand that my new foster dog does not know where he is, who I am, whether he will be fed, be let out to relieve himself or even be safe. I will give him plenty of time to acclimate and learn. I will not rush him into interacting with me, family members, neighbors, friends or other dogs and cats. 

  • I understand it will take my new foster dog an average of 7 days to simply decompress and begin to relax. 

  • I understand it will take my new foster dog an average of 4-6 weeks to start to learn my routine. I will need to teach him your routine – I cannot assume he knows it. The best way for him to learn is through repetition and consistency: feed him, let him out or take him for walks at the same time each day, praising him when he does what you ask. 
 

  •  understand that even if my new dog is child-friendly, I will introduce the new dog to immediate family children . I will never force the interaction or allow the dog to be cornered to or have too much stimulation and feel overwhelmed. I understand my home and environment is all new to the dog. Just as the dog needs to be taught to be respectful with children, children need to be taught to be gentle and respectful of the dog. 
 

  • I will take the time to introduce my new foster dog to family dogs. I will keep the rescued dog separate from existing dogs in the home for at least a week (if not two – see the article on slow introductions provided) so he can decompress and begin to form a bond with me. I will then introduce slowly. I understand that a slow transition into his new pack will reduce chance of incident. I understand that even if my new rescued dog seems fine with other dogs right away that I will need to continue monitoring interactions just in case and not leave the dogs alone together for the first several weeks.

  • I understand that if my new foster dog is cat friendly, I will let him decompress for at least a week by himself then slowly...oh so slowly integrate the animals together. I will never force the introduction and always allow the cat a way to escape from the interaction with the dog. 

  • Foster agreements are able to be terminated, but UNDERDOG requires a 2 week  notification to give us time to find an alternate home for your foster animal. If you are unwilling to keep the dog in your home during this two week period it is your responsibility to pay for boarding as an alternative. 

  • I agree that the opportunity given to me to help rehabilitate my foster animal, as well as the chance of a potential future adoption, is of significant benefit to me, and serves as proper legal consideration in exchange for my agreements stated in this contract. I have read this agreement in its entirety, and I agree that all statements and stated agreements contained in this document are made by me, and are truthful, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of California.