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Foster Application

In order to be considered for fostering an NHHS animal you must:

  1. Attend a Foster Orientation class
  2.  Be at least 21 years of age and/or have the consent of parent or guardian (they must attend orientation)
  3. Attend at least one continuing education class each year
  4. Meet Foster Expectations

Please understand that NHHS reserves the right to reject any applicant for any reason.

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Please list all family members that will be living with the animal.

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Current Pets

Please include all pets, including small and Barnyard animals.

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NHHS Foster Expectations

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 Only designated NHHS staff shall approve and place rescued animals into foster homes. The Foster Coordinator must be notified as soon as possible of any changes in the status of either the animal in your care or the foster home environment you have indicated above.

All animals placed in foster care will be examined, will have been given/will be given all necessary immunizations and will have been/will be scheduled to be spayed or neutered.

All basic medical expenses will be covered by NHHS. Authorized NHHS staff must approve any unusual expenses. Basics include: Spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm test, FelV/FIV test, microchip, and prescribed medications. Fosters are required to get NHHS staff approval to transport the animal to the emergency clinic prior to transportation.

All basic supply expenses will be provided by NHHS. Basic supplies include: Dog-crate, collar, tag and leash, food, and some toys. Cat -crate, food, litter, litter box, and toys. Because each home is set up differently, exercise pens, confinement systems and scratching posts are available to fosters if supplies are available. All supplies must be returned when the foster animal is returned for adoption.

Foster animals are to be kept clean and sanitary for their health and wellbeing. Supplies with which they are housed and/or contained in, such as x-pens, crates, blankets and beds, should also be kept clean and sanitary for the same reason.

 Fosters are expected give the NHHS animal safe and adequate housing and care. An NHHS foster dog must wear his/her ID Tag at all times ( except underage puppies who do not go home with collars), and must be on a leash or in a secure pet carrier when outside of its foster home or its enclosed yard. Dogs should not be left alone, outside unsupervised. During transport, the rescued animal must ride inside the car. An NHHS foster cat must live indoors only. The foster coordinator must be notified immediately if the animal in your care is injured or missing.

Fosters are expected to follow medical and/or behavioral plans set forth by NHHS staff. Fosters are expected to report any medical or behavioral concerns with 24 hours following appropriate channels and using the emergency protocols. Fosters are expected to use NHHS approved training only. Please feel free to ask for help if you encounter challenges.

Fosters are expected to exhibit professional conduct, timeliness and communication. Fosters are expected to arrive for appointments on time, as scheduled.

Fosters are expected to care for the foster animal for the time agreed upon with the Foster Coordinator. If an emergency arises, please contact the Foster Coordinator to schedule a return to NHHS.

Legal ownership of all NHHS animals remains with NHHS until such time as proper adoption is completed. Only authorized representatives of NHHS will conduct adoption interviews and process adoptions, transfers or relinquishments. Fosters are expected to comply with the adoption process. If a foster home decides to adopt the animal, the regular adoption fee applies. If a foster finds a suitable adoptive home for their animal, they will contact the foster coordinator before the animal is returned to

NHHS for surgery and the potential adopter will go through the Foster Care Program.

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Release of Liability

I/We have read and fully understand the NHHS Expectations.

There have been no other representations or promises other than those included in this Foster Application.

I/We understand that all rescue volunteer work done with NHHS is at my/our own risk.

I/We have read, understand, and agree to abide by the conditions of the NHHS Foster Home Agreement & Guidelines. We understand that all work done with NHHS pursuant to this Foster Agreement is at my/our own risk, and that We assume such risk freely and voluntarily.

I/we hereby release NHHS and its agents and employees of any and all liability, property damage, and medical costs while I/we am/are providing volunteer foster care for NHHS.

I/We, hereby for myself ( ourselves), heirs, administrators and assigns, fully, irrevocably and unconditionally release and agree to hold harmless NHHS and its individual members from any and all known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated, suspected or unsuspected causes of action, charges, suits, debts, demands, claims, liabilities, losses, costs, expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) or damages, including but not limited to any medical costs, damage to property, persons or other pets, of and and every kind, nature and description, at law or in equity, in connection with or arising from while I am caring for the agreed rescue companion animal.

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PO. Box 67 •  Reed City, MI 49677  •  adopt [ at ] nhhshumane.org