Foster volunteers provide animals with temporary homes where they can be socialized and trained, receive veterinary care, and prepare for forever homes. We are always in need of volunteers with love, patience and compassion for animals.
Please watch the online foster orientation video and complete this application form if you are interested in becoming an Animal Protective Foundation foster care volunteer. There is a short quiz for you to take at the beginning of the application referring back to specific items from the video. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
*Primary foster volunteer must be 18 years old.
*Personal pets (cats & dogs in home) must be up-to-date on vaccines. Please fax vaccine records to 518-346-2120 Attn: Foster Program.
*Availability during APF hours of operation (Tuesday-Saturday 12n-4:30pm) to bring in foster animal(s) for check-ups.
*Capability to separate foster animal(s) from personal pets(depending of foster situation).
We have provided a copy (below) of the APF Foster Agreement and Policies & Procedures for your review and understanding of the foster program.
This is a Foster Home Agreement between ___________________________________________ and the Animal Protective Foundation, (53 Maple Avenue, Glenville, NY 12302) and is applicable to any animal this Foster Volunteer is asked to foster.
All animals are to be housed, fed and cared for by above-mentioned Foster Volunteer making no charges for licensing, care, food or service. The Foster Volunteer shall be responsible for the humane care, treatment and control of animal(s) in their care until returned to the Animal Protective Foundation. The above Foster Volunteer shall not hold the Animal Protective Foundation, its volunteers, staff or Board of Directors responsible for any damages resulting from scratches, bites or material damage. The Animal Protective Foundation will retain ownership of all animals in foster care, and will make all decisions regarding the adoption or euthanasia or other placement of the animals fostered.
_____ I do understand that by participating in the Animal Protective Foundation Foster Program I may receive an animal that has an undetected contagious medical condition. I understand that my personal pets may contract illness passed on from the foster animal and will in no way hold the Animal Protective Foundation liable for any conditions my personal pet acquire. I understand that the Animal Protective Foundation recommends that I keep my personal animal(s) separated from the foster animal(s) for a minimum of 10 days as a precaution.
_____ I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will adhere to all the terms, conditions, policies and procedures of the Animal Protective Foundation Foster Program. I do understand that if at any time, I cannot fulfill these terms, conditions, policies and procedures of the Animal Protective Foundation Foster Program I will, by mutual agreement end my tenure as a Foster Volunteer.
_____ I am responsible for knowing and complying with the ordinances of the city in which I reside. I will not exceed the amount of animals I am authorized to house based on the city guidelines.
Foster Program Policies and Procedures
I agree to the following as a condition of fostering for the Animal Protective Foundation:
1. _____ All foster animals shall be provided with proper food, fresh water and proper shelter. The foster animal will be housed indoors, and in no situation will be left outside unleashed, on a chain, in a dog house or on a porch. The animal will be treated humanely by all members of the foster household.
2. _____ The Foster Volunteer will not dispose of the animal in any way. The foster volunteer cannot give the animal away to another animal humane society or person, and will not abandon the animal in any way.
3. _____ The Foster Volunteer agrees that in the event that he/she is unable or unwilling to continue to care for the animal, the animal will be promptly returned to the Animal Protective Foundation.
4. _____ The Foster Volunteer agrees that all adopted dogs and cats be spayed or neutered. If not currently spayed/neutered, the animal being fostered is either ill or too young to undergo a sterilization procedure. The foster volunteer agrees NOT to use this animal for any type of breeding purpose.
5. _____ If a representative of the Animal Protective Foundation determines that the animal is not being cared for properly by the foster volunteer; the Animal Protective Foundation has the right to take possession of the animal and cancel this agreement.
6. _____ The Foster Volunteer accepts any/all liability for any damage caused by this animal while it is under his/her care.
7. _____ The Foster Volunteer acknowledges that by participating in the Animal Protective Foundation Foster Program they may receive an animal that has an undetected contagious medical condition. They understand that their personal pets may contract illnesses passed on from the foster animal and will in no way hold the Animal Protective Foundation liable for any conditions their personal pet pay receive. (The Animal Protective Foundation recommends that you keep your personal animal(s) separated from the foster animal for a minimum of 10 days as a precaution.)
8. _____ The Foster Volunteer acknowledges that if any visits to a private veterinary clinic are made; they should first call the Animal Protective Foundation veterinary staff. Any treatment received outside of the Animal Protective Foundation will be the financial responsibility of the foster volunteer.
9. _____ As an Animal Shelter in the state of New York, we must maintain registration with the Department of Agriculture and Markets. The APF must submit all foster caregivers name, address, telephone number and description of facilities to the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Additionally, the Department of Agriculture and Markets requires consent from APF granting them free entry to registered premises, buildings and offices. This includes foster homes, as they are considered an extension of our facility.