Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a foster for the SPCA of Texas. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.


All applicants need to be 18+ and reside within 50 miles of the Dallas or McKinney shelter locations to be eligible to foster.


Name and Address


About You!


Emergency Contact

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Limitations


Foster Profile

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Email Preferences

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.


Social Media

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How did you hear about the Foster program?


Background Check

The SPCA of Texas conducts criminal background checks for all volunteers, ages 18+. IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME OTHER THAN A MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENSE PLEASE PROVIDE DETAILS BELOW; YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT THIS DETAIL. We will NOT accept any criminal offense that involves abuse, cruelty or neglect of people or animals. Other charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The information you submit through this online form is protected using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. This means that your information is encrypted as it travels between your computer and our volunteer database. This is the same technology used by banks to protect online banking services and online merchants to protect credit card information. Once your data reaches our volunteer database, it is protected by hardware firewalls, secure servers, database encryption, and other security measures while we are conducting the background check.


Volunteer Agreements, Releases & Background Check

VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT
I hereby agree to accept a position in a voluntary capacity as a volunteer for the SPCA of Texas (herein after referred to as SPCA). I understand that the term VOLUNTARY means the way in which actions or services are rendered to the SPCA. Such actions or services are rendered to the SPCA with generous and charitable motives. No liability whatsoever will be incurred by the SPCA to anyone who performs voluntary actions or services. I understand that the term VOLUNTEER means a person who freely chooses and renders services to the SPCA in a voluntary capacity.

1. I fully understand and agree that my services are provided strictly in a VOLUNTEER capacity.
2. I fully understand and agree that I am providing services to the SPCA strictly as a VOLUNTEER.
3. I fully understand and agree to provide my services to the SPCA as a volunteer in a volunteer capacity without any express or implied promise of salary, commission, or payment of any kind whatsoever.
4. I fully understand and agree to provide my services to the SPCA as a volunteer in a voluntary capacity without any employment-type benefits, including but not limited to employment insurance programs, workers compensation accrual in any form, or sick, holiday, or annual leave time.
5. I fully understand that the SPCA handles large numbers of animals of unknown temperament on a daily basis. I agree to hold the SPCA harmless of any injury(s) or disease(s) which I might sustain from handling animals during the course of my volunteer duties.
6. I fully understand and agree to assume all risks involved in any and all duties that I perform for the SPCA. Such duties may consist of, but are not limited to, animal handling, custodial work, kennel staff assistance, and other foreseeable duties.
7. I agree to familiarize myself with the SPCA policies and procedures. I will fully comply with both the letter and the spirit of these procedures.
8. I fully understand that the SPCA expects high standards of moral and ethical treatment of animals under its care. I agree to strictly adhere to these standards in my voluntary capacity at the SPCA.
9. I fully understand and agree that either for failure to fully comply with any and all of the obligations outlined in this Volunteer Agreement, or for any reason whatsoever, while performing my voluntary services to the SPCA in a voluntary capacity, the SPCA at its sole discretion, may immediately terminate my volunteer services.

SELECTING "I AGREE" BELOW INDICATES YOU HAVE READ AND AGREED TO THE ABOVE VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT.

SPCA OF TEXAS OF TEXAS FOSTER AGREEMENT, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The SPCA of Texas Foster Program allows volunteers to take selected animals off property for short and long term fostering in their homes after going through the Foster orientation. I understand that the following agreement is applicable to any and all animals I am asked and agree to foster.

1. All animals are to be housed, fed and cared for; making no charges for licensing, care, food or service. I will be responsible for the humane care, treatment and control of animal(s) in my care until returned to the SPCA of Texas. I understand that the SPCA of Texas retains full ownership of all animals in foster care and will make all decisions regarding the adoption, euthanasia, or other placements for the animal(s).
2. I will not hold the SPCA of Texas, its volunteers, staff or Board of Directors responsible or liable for any damages or injuries resulting from scratches, bites, or material damages. I understand that I accept any and all liability for any damages/injuries caused by the foster animal(s) while in my care.
3. I fully understand that by participating in the Foster program that I may receive an animal with an undetected contagious medical condition. I understand that my family, guests and/or personal pets may contract an illness passed on from the foster animal and will in no way hold the SPCA of Texas liable for any conditions my family, guests, pets acquire. I understand that the SPCA of Texas recommends keeping my personal pet(s) separated from the foster animal(s) for a minimum of 10 days as a precaution.
4. I fully understand that I am responsible for knowing and complying with the ordinances of the city or county in which I reside. I will not exceed the amount of animals I am authorized to house based on the city/county guidelines.
5. I agree to provide all foster animals with proper food, fresh water and proper shelter. I understand that foster animal(s) 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 and guests of my household.
6. I agree that I cannot give the animal away to another shelter, rescue group, humane society or person, nor can I abandon the animal in any way. I understand that if I am no longer able to or are unwilling to care for the foster animal that I will promptly return them to the SPCA of Texas.
7. I fully understand that all animals adopted from the SPCA of Texas are spayed and neutered. If the foster animal is currently not spayed/neutered; it is too ill, too young or unable undergo a sterilization procedure at this time. I agree that I will not use the foster animal(s) for any type of breeding purposes.
8. I fully understand that the SPCA of Texas provides all needed medical care, treatment and medications for the foster animal(s). If any visits are made to a private veterinarian or one not employed by the SPCA of Texas, I will be financially responsible to all costs incurred.
9. I fully understand that if a SPCA of Texas representative determines that the animal is not being properly cared for, the SPCA of Texas has full rights to take possession of the foster animal and cancel this agreement. I agree if at any time I cannot fulfill any of the SPCA of Texas iFoster terms, conditions, policies and procedures I will, by mutual agreement, end my tenure as an iFoster volunteer.
10. I agree to abide by all SPCA of Texas SOPs, policies, procedures, practices and programs while transporting an SPCA of Texas animal. Furthermore, I agree to hold harmless and indemnify the SPCA of Texas for any and all claims arising out of resultant traffic violations and/or any other vehicular law violations while using my personal vehicle, any personal property damages including but not limited to the interior/exterior of my vehicle, any personal belongings found within or outside of my vehicle, injuries, disabilities, or death while transporting an SPCA of Texas animal. I agree to personally cover any negligent acts committed by myself while transporting SPCA of Texas animal(s).

SELECTING "I AGREE" BELOW INDICATES YOU HAVE READ AND AGREED TO THE ABOVE SPCA OF TEXAS OF TEXAS FOSTER AGREEMENT, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

VOLUNTEER RELEASE:
1. I agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold the SPCA of Texas harmless for any and all damage to my personal property while performing as a VOLUNTEER in VOLUNTEER CAPACITY any and all duties for the SPCA of Texas.
2. I recognize that in handling animals at the SPCA in a VOLUNTEER CAPACITY there exists a risk of injury or sickness, including personal injury or harm. On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives and executors, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the SPCA of Texas, its agent, servants and employees from any and all claims, causes of action or demands, of any nature or cause connected with my Volunteer Agreement. This might include connection with my VOLUNTEER services based on damages which may be incurred or sustained by me in any way. Such damages or injuries might include, but are not limited to animal bites, accidents, injuries, and personal property damage.
3. I understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering at the SPCA. I agree, therefore, on behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives, and executors to allow the SPCA to use any photograph or video recording taken of me for use in public relations efforts. Any photographic or video images which I produce, in a VOLUNTARY CAPACITY, will become the sole property of the SPCA and as such, they may use them in any ways they see fit. The SPCA will use reasonable efforts to notify me but such notification is not a condition of use under the auspices of the SPCA.
4. I will not, under any condition, serve as an SPCA volunteer while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or any other substance.
5.I authorize The SPCA of Texas to run a background check as a requirement for me to become a volunteer with the SPCA of Texas. Furthermore, I understand I may not be eligible to participate in the SPCA of Texas Volunteer Program based on information obtained from this background check .
6. Over the course of volunteering, I may deal with confidential and/or protected information, i.e. donor and adopter data, and hereby agree to fully respect the SPCA of Texas’ non-disclosure policy of said information. Failure to do so may lead to penalties up to termination.

BY SELECTING "I AGREE" BELOW, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE FORGOING VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT AND RELEASE AND THAT I WILL COMPLY WITH THE SAME.

PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OF VOLUNTEERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18:
As a parent or legal guardian of the above named volunteer, I hereby give my consent to allow my child/ward to perform volunteer services for the SPCA of Texas as described within the Volunteer Agreement, Volunteer Application, and Release; and I fully understand and agree to all terms and conditions as set out in the above mentioned articles, and have, to the best of my ability, explained them to my child/ward. I have paid particular attention to the Release section herein.

AUTHORIZATION FOR BACKGROUND CHECK (18+ YEARS OLD):
I hereby authorize the SPCA of Texas to run a background check as a requirement for me to become a volunteer with the SPCA of Texas. Furthermore, I understand I may not be eligible to participate in the SPCA of Texas Volunteer Program based on information obtained from this background check.

I hereby release the SPCA of Texas, the Social Security Administration, and its agents, officials, representatives, or assigned agencies, including officers, employees or related personnel, both individually and collectively, from any and all liability for damages of whatever kind, which may, at any time, result to me, my heirs, family, or associates because of compliance with this authorization and request to release. You may contact me as indicated above.

SELECTING "I AGREE" BELOW INDICATES YOU HAVE READ AND AGREED TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR BACKGROUND CHECK.