Thank you for your interest in fostering!
Your generosity will provide young and old, injured and sick, abused and un-socialized dogs a chance to grow or heal before finding their forever homes! Fosters play an enormous role in our ability to save more lives.
As our rescue does not have a “shelter” based operation, we rely solely on fosters to give our dogs a safe and loving place before being adopted.
Fostering is a wonderful experience for you, your family and the dog! You can feel good knowing that you helped to save a dog’s life.
If your application is approved, you will be entered into our database for families interested in fostering. The foster home team will use the information you provided to assist us in placing a dog or cat in your home. Someone on the foster home team will contact you when a dog or cat needs a foster home.
APPROVED-TO-FOSTER HOMES MAY INDEED ADOPT THEIR FOSTER DOG OR CAT! Foster families adopting must fill out the appropriate paperwork, including contracts, and pay the adoption fee. Thank you so much for offering to open your home to give a rescued animal a second chance.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL FOSTERS:
- Complete the following application.
- Agree to all the above terms and information provided in the Fostering/FWITA FAQs, Rules, and Requirements, noted in next step of form.
- Approval of Foster/FWITA Application, home visit, and meet and greet by Underdog
- Note: Underdog may remove a foster dog from a foster/adoptive home for any reason they deem necessary.
RULES FOR ALL FOSTERS:
- All dogs must be walked on a leash at all times, unless in the secure backyard of the foster/adopter’s home or in an enclosed dog park.
- All dogs must be INDOOR dogs and live primarily inside the home with you; We do not allow any dogs to be kept as “backyard dogs,” even if you have an outdoor dog house/run/kennel.
- Any aggressive behavior must be reported to Underdog immediately.
- Any lost or missing dog must be reported to Underdog WITHIN 1 HOUR of becoming missing.
- Any sick or injured dog must be reported to Underdog immediately.
- All vet visits for foster dogs must be pre-approved to be covered by Underdog.
- Fosters agree to respond to calls or emails from URAZ and/or potential adopters within 24 hours.
- Any foster needing to go out of town/vacation/etc. must notify Underdog immediately. If the dog will be going to a pet-sitter, boarding, or family member or friend during this period, an Underdog foster contract must be signed by these individuals for liability purposes and so that we know the location of the dog.
Any such person caring for the dog must also agree to the Underdog FAQs, Rules & Requirements.
FOSTERS: PLEASE READ, AS YOU ARE AGREEING TO THESE TERMS BY APPLYING TO FOSTER:
We ask that before you agree to foster ANY dog for Underdog, you are absolutely certain that you are 100% committed to doing so. Many of the dogs we intake are from the County shelter, with little to no information on their background. Therefore, often times we have no idea what we are getting. Fosters need to be aware of this and not expect a "perfect" dog. If your dog has behavioral issues, we can provide a trainer to make them more adoptable. If it is discovered the dog is not dog/cat friendly, the foster will need to work with the situation to keep the dog separated from others. Many dogs come ill or with medical issues, and the foster needs to be aware they are agreeing to work with whatever those situations may entail as well. In short, by agreeing to foster, it is expected that the foster will work with the issues that a dog may come with until the dog is adopted. Underdog cannot simply "move" or pick up a foster at the drop of a hat because things are not going well or it's "not a good fit". It is a true commitment to the dog whatever it may come with, be it good or bad.
For example, if the dogs turns out: To not housebroken; To have behavioral issues; Is not good with other dogs; If you have to keep separated from other dogs; If it's not good with cats; Is not good with kids; If it has had zero obedience training and/or is 'too high energy'; If it has medical conditions, known, unknown or otherwise unforseen that may arise; If it is destructive and chews things it shouldn't. (The only caveat to these is if dog is outwardly aggressive and a risk or danger to the public at large. The first thing we do in this case is have the dog evaluated, most importantly for a medical cause. If it is determined medical is not the reason, then we would weigh an evaluation by a trainer and vote as a Board whether to have the dog euthanized.)
Again, there is absolutely no way to simply "find a foster" or move a dog for a foster who changes their mind after getting something other than what they anticipated. Fosters are required to find suitable alternative placement for the dog if for ANY reason they decide they can no longer foster. To reiterate, as a foster, you are aware and agree that you are fully committing to the dog regardless, until adopted. That means you are committing while recognizing there is little we know about the dog prior to rescue. This means committing to what we know about the dog. BUT more importantly, what we don't. We understand that this is asking a lot, but is the only way we can run an efficient, stable and successful rescue.
Which pet are you interested in adopting or fostering?
Choose an animal:
BOOMHAUER (prev. Chops)
DIESEL prev O'Neill
LILY & ROSE (bonded pair)
MICHAEL & JANE (bonded pair)
MINOW (aka SAMMY)
TROON & RAVEN (bonded)
Is the animal a male or female? *
Do you have any specific breeds or breed mixes that you are most interested in adopting or fostering?
What size of pet are you most interested in fostering or adopting?
Choose all that apply:
What age of pet are you most interested in fostering or adopting?
Choose all that apply:
Puppy/Kitten: 0-1 year
Young: 2-4 years
Junior: 5-8 years
Senior: 8+ years
Would you consider adopting or fostering a pair of animals? *
Which activity level are you most comfortable with in an adopted or fostered pet?
Choose all that apply:
Would you consider adopting or fostering a pet with special needs (i.e.: blindness, hearing problems, epilepsy, diabetes, severe allergies, or cancer)? *
Would you feel comfortable adopting or fostering a pet with mild health problems easily treated with medication (i.e. valley fever, mild allergies, mild arthritis, or hypothyroidism)?*
What are your primary reasons for wanting to foster? *
Have you owned a pet before? *
Have you Fostered a dog before?*
Describe your experience with pets. Check all that apply.
Choose all that apply:
Experienced dog owner
Somewhat experienced with dogs
Novice dog owner
Experienced cat owner
Somewhat experienced with cats
Novice cat owner
No experience with pets at all
Do you rent? If YES, please have a written copy of the Landlord permission/Lease available to provide.**
Will the adopted or fostered pet live indoors for the majority of the time? *
Is your yard fenced in? *
Does Not Apply
Do you have a pool? *
Are you currently employed?*
How many hours per day is another person available to care for the pet?
Will you have the time and energy to exercise your pet? *
If adopting or fostering, will you have the ability to train your new pet as recommended? *
All Underdog fosters are required to CRATE TRAIN their fosters. Are you agreeable to crate training your Foster dog? *
Does Not Apply
Do you believe that you can afford the associated costs with Fostering? (Fosters are only responsible for Food and Accessories such as beds, bowls, collar, etc) Rescue covers medical/vetting costs.*
Are there other people in the house during the day that will have responsibility for the pet?*
How many hours a day are you currently out of your house? *
Are there any other Pets in the home? If so, please describe that pet's breed, age, and gender. (This refers to any and all pets that reside in the home, both yours and others)*
Are there any children currently residing in the home? And/or are there children that would be in your home at any time and have interaction with the dog?*
What are the ages of your children or those who visit frequently?
I understand that in agreeing to foster for Underdog Rescue, I am committed to fostering the dog until adopted, regardless of circumstances forseen or unseen that may arise, that the dog cannot and will not be moved to another foster or location by the Rescue for any such circumstances that may arise. I am fully aware that the fostering length of time is completely unknown and unpredictable, and that I am agreeable to that unknown. I also understand that my foster dog may come with Behavioral or Medical issues, known or unknown, and I agree to work with the Rescue through whatever issues may arise. I also agree that if a potential adopter should return my Foster dog, I agree to take the dog back as continuing Foster until re-adopted. *
Part of agreeing to become a foster or foster with the intent to adopt for Underdog Rescue includes participating in a telephone interview and accepting an in-home visit. What days or times are best for us to visit? We'll follow up after this application to set up an exact time. *
As part of this general application, please click "I Agree" if you agree with all of the terms and conditions of Underdog Rescue of Arizona's Foster FAQs, Rules, and Requirements, as well as the following. If you do not, you will not be eligible to foster with Underdog Rescue of Arizona. 1. I/We, the foster family, understand that Underdog Rescue of Arizona (URAZ) is the owner of the dog we agree to foster and that URAZ has the right to reclaim the dog at any time. 2. Should it be necessary for URAZ to take legal actions to recover the foster dog or otherwise enforce provisions in this agreement, I/We agree to pay all court costs and legal fees. 3. I/We agree that URAZ shall not be responsible for any and all damage costs or expenses, liquidated or otherwise incurred by the foster family resulting from fostering, including but not limited to, damage or injury to persons or property by the dog, and in this connection, the foster family releases, indemnifies, and holds harmless from any and all liability of any and every nature and cause directly or indirectly relating to this placement. 4. I/We understand that foster dogs may carry diseases and parasites that may be transmissible to humans or other animals. I/We hold URAZ harmless. 5. I/We understand that any dog we foster and/or adopt must reside within my/our home. 6. While every effort is made to provide as much information as possible to the foster family concerning the foster dog, URAZ does not warrant a dog regarding medical status or behavior or disposition. 7. If any provision of this contract is or becomes void or unenforceable by force or operation of law, the other provisions shall remain valid and enforceable. 8. The foster agrees that they will NOT take on any other animals/fosters after their dog has been placed in a home during the two week “Foster With Intent to Adopt” trial period, so that the dog has placement to return to if it is NOT an acceptable adoptive home. 9. I/We agree that I/We have a responsibility to have foster dog microchipped, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered within two weeks of fostering the dog. URAZ will provide recommendations for places to do so. 10. I/we am/are at least 21 years of age. All of the information I/we have given is true and complete. I/we understand that URAZ has the right to refuse my/our application. 11. I/we understand that URAZ remains co-owner for the life of any rescued dog/cat that comes through the URAZ program and that URAZ has the right to reclaim any foster or adopted dog/cat if the Board of Directors feels that doing so is in the dog/cat’s best interest. 10. I/We have read both the “URAZ FAQ’s, Policies & Procedures” as well as the “Foster Information & Instructions” in their entirety. By choosing "I Agree", I/we agree to adhere to these documents. I/We are agreeing of my/our own free will and not under duress of any kind. I/We affirm that I/we have never been charged with animal cruelty and am not/are not an animal dealer or broker.