The Foster Care Program allows AAR to help animals that are not yet suitable for being at the shelter, or for which there is not yet room at the shelter. We want every animal brought to us to have a chance for a long and happy life. Because of our limited resources and personnel, we are not able to care for every sick, injured and very young but otherwise adoptable animal.

Foster care will allow some of the young ones to grow and the sick and injured to heal. The Foster Care Program brings caring individuals and needy animals together, providing special care in a home setting until the animals are ready for adoption.

Although Foster Parents are not members of the Adoption Team and may not make adoption decisions, they do provide valuable information on an animal's temperament, socialization and guidance on the best type of family / home situation for the pet.

Before submitting the application, be advised that all fosters must:

1) Be interviewed by the Foster Coordinator.

2) Complete a waiver which will require the signature of all occupants of the home that are 18 years of age or older.

3) Provide AAR with a copy yearly of a home owners policy with no animal exclusion and a minimum of $300,000 in personal liability coverage.

4) Complete a basic background check at AAR's expense.

5)Provide proof that all pets in the home are current on all vaccinations and spayed/neutered.

Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) foster for dogs / puppies. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.

Name and address

Back-up Contact

Please include a second contact person whom AAR can contact if we can't reach you within 24 hours.

Demographic Information

For the safety of the volunteers and the animals, some areas and volunteering opportunities have age requirements.

Email Preferences

AAR keeps volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email. You may uncheck any emails you prefer NOT to receive, but you may miss important notifications.

Home Information

Please describe in detail your type of home (house, condo, apt, etc.), if you have a fenced yard, whether you own or rent.

Household Members

List the ages of all who live in your home or frequently visit your home.

Pets in the Household

List all the pets that are part of your household. Include species, breed, age, sex, spayed/neutered/unaltered, date and type of last vaccinations.

Your Pet's Health

List any medical issues your pets have currently or have had in the past. Have you ever had a puppy diagnosed with Parvo or distemper?

Time and Space

Describe your daily schedule, your care arrangements for the foster, how many hours will the foster be alone, is there space to keep the foster isolated from other pets.

Foster Pet Preferences

Tell us if you can foster bottle-fed puppies, young, active dogs, senior dogs, special needs dogs.

Foster Details and Experience

Tell us about your experience with animals. Include conditions, behaviors you've dealt with, or if you've ever had to surrender an animal.

Veterinarian Information

Foster Agreement and Waiver

I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) foster, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including the acceptance of established fostering policies and procedures before I may begin fostering.

Fostering Description & Requirements:

-For animals with medical needs, someone at the home for a significant part of the day (to be determined by the board depending on the animal’s condition).

-Able to care for animals during the night (with young animals, foster may be getting up every 3-4 hours).

-Ability and expertise in giving medicine (liquid and pills), and bottle feeding in some cases.

-Must be the legal owner of the residence where the animal will be kept, or if renting, AAR must have verification of landlord’s approval to have the animal on the property.

-A car or proof of ability to transport the animal to the shelter or a veterinary clinic.

-Contact information that can be reached 24/7, but primarily during AAR’s business hours: Mon-Sat, 9-4

-For dogs: a safe exercise area.

Volunteer Agreement:

I have agreed to work as a volunteer foster for Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) and do so of my own free will. As a volunteer I am not an employee or agent of AAR. I understand this role does not include compensation or payment of any kind. Furthermore, I acknowledge that AAR does not offer health insurance, workers’ compensation insurance or any such employee benefit to volunteers.

I will be a courteous neighbor and work with training techniques to ensure our foster dog won’t nuisance bark, aggressively behave, chase or harass other people or animals. I will protect the foster dog(s), people, property and other animals from harm and assume all liabilities associated with fostering an animal, including but not limited to: dog bite, chewing, digging, etc. While in my foster care, if the foster dog is around other people or animals, I will supervise at all times and assume all personal and financial responsibility for for the dog’s behavior.

I will complete a waiver which will require the signature of all occupants of the home that are 18 years of age or older.

I will provide AAR with a copy yearly of a home owners policy with no animal exclusion and a minimum of $300,000 in personal liability coverage.

I will agree to a basic background check - which will be paid for by AAR.

Risk Agreement:

I fully recognize and accept that volunteer fostering has risks and unforeseen dangers (such risks could be, but are not limited to: mental/emotional stress or physical injury). I have read the detailed Job Description for the foster duties I am accepting and understand the minimum requirements. I understand that I have the right to review each activity prior to my participation and choose to participate of my own free will. Although AAR makes every effort to temperament test all animals prior to accepting them into the shelter, there is always an inherent risk in dealing with animals (including, but not limited to, for example, dogs may bite, cats may scratch or bite). AAR does its best to evaluate the health of all animals in its care and alert the volunteers of any potential issues or dangers. However, there is always a risk of getting ringworm or other diseases from animals. AAR highly recommends a tetanus shot for all volunteers. If you have animals at home, AAR recommends alerting your veterinarian that you are fostering pets from an animal shelter.

Waiver, release, hold harmless and indemnification agreement:

I acknowledge that participating as a volunteer foster with Abandoned Animal Rescue poses potential risks of serious bodily injury, death, or property damage. Therefore, in consideration for being allowed to participate as a volunteer, I on behalf of myself and my heirs or executors I hereby WAIVE, RELEASE, and DISCHARGE Abandoned Animal Rescue, its officers, directors, administrators, employees, consultants and agents from any claims, costs or liabilities for personal injury, illness, death or damages of any kind which I may have now, or at any time in the future, resulting or in any way related to my participation as a volunteer. I additionally AGREE NOT TO SUE any of the persons or entities mentioned above for any claims, costs or liabilities that I have waived, released or discharged herein.

I have read or will read AAR’s Volunteer Handbook and Foster Policy that includes, among other information, a description of the volunteer program, job description, rules & policies, and no-kill philosophy. If you have not received a copy, email and request one. I pledge to act and perform within those expectations.

I understand that the AAR Board reserves the right to end my foster participation if deemed necessary for the safety of other volunteers, animals, or is in the best interest of the shelter.

I understand that while I am fostering the pet, AAR retains ownership and the right to decide on the future of the pet, including, but not limited to, adoption decisions, and veterinary care.

I understand that Foster Parents are NOT members of the adoption team unless they have been trained as such.

I understand that AAR does NOT have a “first-come, first-serve” or a “hold” policy on adoptable animals.

I understand that AAR volunteers, fosters, and/or their family must go through the same adoption process as any member of the public.

I understand the if I post photos of my fosters on Facebook or other social media, I will not make any comments regarding the adoptability of the pet, and I will refer all inquiries to an AAR Adoption Team member.

By submitting this form, I attest that the information I have provided on the form is true and accurate, that I am 18 years of age or older, and that I have the authority to make the decision to have a foster at my household.