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Foster Agreement Acknowledge Form

Foster Agreement


I/we agree to act as a Foster home for COL. POTTER CAIRN RESCUE NETWORK (hereinafter known as CPCRN). I am twenty-one years of age or older. The following conditions apply to fostering a Cairn for CPCRN:

1. WHERE DO I KEEP A FOSTER CAIRN? The Foster will be kept in the house or in a suitable kennel facility on the grounds of the foster home. CPCRN is ultimately responsible (and liable) for the foster and all final decisions will rest with CPCRN authorized representatives and the CPCRN Board of Directors. The foster must be turned over immediately to a CPCRN officer or rescue co-chairman or approved CPCRN representative upon request.

2. VETERINARY CHECK UP: A foster must be taken to a veterinarian for a preliminary health check up which includes the required yearly inoculations and heartworm check (heartworm check ONLY if the foster was picked up or is being fostered in an area where heartworm is prevalent) within 48 hours of obtaining the foster or 72 hours on the weekends. The initial health check MAY have been done prior to fostering. A CPCRN representative will work with the foster home on what is required.

Authorized Medical Care and Treatment

CPCRN will reimburse you for the following expenses:

  • Shelter fees (information will be given to you to obtain the most favorable shelter rescue rate)
  • Heartworm test and prevention (purchased in a limited quantity); HOWEVER, not treatment of heartworm without approval
  • Rabies booster if needed
  • Yearly combination shot if needed
  • Spaying/neutering (ask for spay/neuter clinic discounted rates or take to a spay/neuter clinic)
  • Internal parasite check and treatment if necessary
  • Euthanasia (ONLY with prior approval from CPCRN)
  • When flea or tick infestation is so acute that this cannot be done by the foster parent by the use of sprays or products, professional flea or tick removal or dips will be approved upon prior request and estimate of services
  • Pet grooming/clip if foster home is unable or unskilled to groom a foster
  • Other minor treatment (i.e., treatment of a cut pad or minor injury or ear cleaning as examples) to save the expense of paying an additional office visit fee to have that minor health issue treated later
  • Boarding (also know as vetting out) in the event the dog needs quarantine prior to your bringing the foster into your home

3. VETERINARY CARE: Foster homes will have the authority to use their own veterinarian for the above-stated treatments. The foster home is responsible for notifying their vet that the Cairn being brought in for treatment is a rescue dog, and you are required to request favorable rescue rates. Documentation will be provided to you by CPCRN on the tax-exempt non-profit status of CPCRN. This corporate information is also available on our web site at Complete written estimates are required by the vet on any procedure not covered above.

  • Foster homes will be provided with a reimbursement form (also available on the CRM web site) and instructions on where to send the billing statements from your vet. All statements should be sent to CPCRN within five days of treatment for reimbursement. Repayment to you will be within seven days upon receipt of your statement. Bills or statements not received by CPCRN 30 days after treatment will be presumed 'gifted' to CPCRN rescue unless CPCRN is notified in advance of a delay in billing.
  • If necessary, CPCRN veterinary expenses can be paid directly to the veterinarian by a CPCRN debit card or by PayPal if the veterinarian accepts PayPal and you are unable to prepay.

4. EXERCISE: The foster will be exercised appropriately. This includes no off-lead time in an area that is not totally secure or fenced. The only time the foster is to be off lead is in a secure fenced yard with the foster parent present. It is recommended that even in a fenced yard the foster should be kept on a leash until the foster home has had time to properly evaluate the foster's temperament, socialization and prior training.

5. FOOD: A nationally recognized dry dog food will be provided by the foster family. This food will be purchased in increments not to exceed 20 pounds per purchase unless fostering is/will be long-term. Food purchases will be reimbursed by CPCRN upon submission of receipts. Top-end priced dog food, food that can only be purchased regionally, food that can only be purchased over the Internet or by special order, raw food diets or foods consisting of human cooked foods CANNOT be fed to rescue dogs. A nationally recognized and available moist food can be added to the diet and will also be paid for, as will vitamins and other needed and approved supplements.

6. CONTACT BY POTENTIAL ADOPTIVE HOMES: The Cairn is to be adopted to its permanent home only under the supervision of CPCRN to a family pre-approved by CPCRN. Occasionally you may be asked to talk to a potential adoptive home on the phone or in person or engage in an e-mail dialog. Adoptive families are to be accorded respect and privacy as is the foster home. All correspondence with potential adoptive homes will be copied to CPCRN and all telephone calls of note will be reported. A foster home can NEVER promise a potential adoptive home their foster Cairn. Absolute honesty is of great importance in your reports on your foster dog and with potential new owners.

7. DISCONTINUED FOSTERING: Any questions or problems are to be directed to either an authorized rescue representative or CPCRN Board Member. If there is a need to remove the foster from the foster home, the foster is to be given directly to a rescue representative, CPCRN board member or a person authorized by CPCRN. Rescue recognizes that occasionally there will be the need to re-home a foster to a second foster home due to vacation or for other personal reasons.

8. COMMUNICATION, DONATIONS AND RELATED: The foster home will be responsible for obtaining any necessary paper work that is required in order to place a foster dog. The foster home becomes responsible for forwarding any and all fees/donations collected to CPCRN as instructed. Fees involved may include, without limitation, surrender fees, adoption fees, transportation fees, supplies and equipment, health certificate fees or related. Paperwork may include, without limitation, owner release form, shelter release forms, adoption form, vet report and/or vet bills or any other approved bills.

9. SPAY/NEUTER OR SPAY/NEUTER DEPOSIT: All rescue dogs will be spayed/neutered (if they have not been spayed or neutered when you receive them) prior to being placed in an adoptive home. If for some reason they cannot be altered at the time of placement (age, health, previous spay not determined by season) this must be approved by CPCRN. The adoption contract should state a given time frame in which spay/neutering must be accomplished and a deposit of approximately $200.00 should be collected as a separate payment check. The $200.00 will be refunded upon proof from a vet that the animal has been spayed/neutered. CPCRN will determine the deposit amount that is required. This could differ from the amount specified above.

10. FINANCIAL LIABILITY: The foster home accepts responsibility for any events that occur in connection with the fostering of a CPCRN foster. None of CPCRN, its officers or directors shall be responsible for injuries to the foster family and pets or any other individual or for the loss or damage of property. CPCRN strongly recommends that the foster be kept in an area separate from the foster family's own animals until the temperament/training can be evaluated and the health of the foster is determined. CPCRN strongly recommends that the animal be kept leashed when potential adoptive families come to visit the foster.

11. PHOTOGRAPHS AND TIMELY UPDATES: The foster home will communicate with CPCRN. Updates will be given at least weekly, more often if necessary, on the progress of the foster dog. The foster home will make an attempt to take several photographs of the foster so that these photographs can be placed on CPCRN's web site.

12. CRATE, COLLAR AND LEASH: A crate of proper size (approximately 27L by 20W by 19H) will be provided so that you may crate train their foster. The foster Cairn will be crated at night for sleep. All foster dogs MUST leave foster care crate trained and leash trained. The foster dog may be fed their meals in their crate also.

13. ADOPTING YOUR FOSTER DOG: Occasionally foster homes may wish to adopt the foster dog that is in their care. This possible adoption must be considered by the Board of CPCRN. Please realize that the perfect foster home is not necessarily the perfect "forever home" and your application will be reviewed in the same manner as all of our applications to adopt.

Applying to adopt your foster does NOT mean that you will be approved. It is imperative that you notify CPCRN by WRITING directly to CPCRN at and stating that you would like to be considered as the adopting home in the subject line and expressing this desire in the body of the text. We MUST be contacted in writing, NOT by phone call or within a post written to a single board member or stated on the CRM list. CPCRN can ONLY consider foster home adoptions IF your written request has been made PRIOR to the adoption process being underway for another approved or soon to be approved home.

The foster home will be required to fill out the adoption application and be approved to adopt their dog in the same manner as any regular applicant. The foster home will also be responsible for the typical adoption donation that would apply to that particular foster dog.

By your submitting this form through our CPCRN website, you are agreeing to comply with this foster home agreement. You are also stating that you will comply with all Federal, State, County or City laws relating to the care and treatment of canines. If you are unable to forward this to CPCRN through the website, please contact us at