Dog Foster Application

Thank you for your interest in fostering!

With every foster home another life is saved.

Thank you for your interest in fostering! With every foster home another life is saved.  Please read and complete this application, print, sign and give to Big Hands Little Paws, Inc. (“BHLP”) to be considered for a foster home and for this to become a successful foster arrangement.

Big Hands Little Paws is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.  Our mission is threefold: care of homeless and orphaned animals; providing resources and funding to other animal organizations and individuals for targeted animal care; and educating the community.  BHLP is devoted to rescuing needy dogs from shelter euthanasia, abandonment and life on the streets. We are not a shelter, but a team of caring volunteers who try to find foster homes for needy dogs until permanent placement can be found. We cover the cost of necessary medical attention, but our foster homes care for the dogs in their own homes, where they’re given abundant love and affection.

Prospective adopters, who have seen a dog they are interested in via our website, are pre-screened and then meet the dog in their foster home. We value the input of our foster parents in ensuring that their foster dogs end up in loving homes. Many adopters stay in touch making this process even more rewarding.

It is expressly agreed that if the Foster Parent decides to adopt the foster dog, an Adoption Application and Agreement must be completed and adoption donation paid.

It is also expressly agreed that foster homes keep the foster dogs until they are adopted. It is also expressly agreed that BHLP has the exclusive control and rights to approve of any solicited adoptions.  

Please also note that you are not to incur any expenses for which you wish to be reimbursed without checking in and receiving the prior approval of BHLP in writing beforehand. The nature of rescue means we are on a budget and often do routine medical treatments ourselves and if needed we have certain vets we use.

Feel free to give us as much information as possible and questions are welcome.  Thank you for considering opening your home and heart to a foster dog!

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Dog Foster Application




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Terms of Agreement

  • In consideration for fostering the dog, the Foster Applicant agrees to the following conditions:
    1. To allow a home visit as part of the application process;
    2. To allow periodic home visits to see the dog;
    3. To provide safe, warm, indoor housing for the dog;
    4. To not allow the dog outdoors at any time, except in a sealed carrier when transporting dog;
    5. To spend as much time as possible playing with and socializing the dog;
    6. To not change or alter the dog’s appearance in any way;
    7. To closely monitor the condition of the dog and to contact BHLP immediately if any physical, health or other concerns are observed (contact;
    8. To not transfer ownership of the dog to another party;
    9. To not surrender the dog to any shelter or other animal organization; and
    10. To return the dog to BHLP if requested by BHLP.

    The Foster Applicant makes the following representations:
    1. I am at least twenty-three (23) years of age as of the date of this contract;
    2. All members of my household have agreed to the foster of the dog and all members of my household will abide by the terms of this Foster Application;
    3. I have never been subject to legal action or investigation for cruelty to or neglect of animals or for domestic violence;
    4. None of the members of my household have been subject to legal action or investigation for cruelty to or neglect of animals or for domestic violence; and
    5. I have never owned an animal that has been confiscated by an animal control officer or humane organization for violations of state or local animal control regulations or animal adoption agreements.

    I understand that in handling animals there exists a risk of injury, infection, disease and physical harm to me, my family and/or my pets. I hereby release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Big Hands Little Paws, Inc., its agents, board members, Advisory Council members and volunteers from any and all claims, causes of action or demands, including costs and attorney fees incurred in any way connected with my Foster of the Dog, including injuries, bites, scratches, abrasions and property damage.

    I also understand that the foster dog is temporarily in my care and belongs exclusively to Big Hands Little Paws, Inc.