Foster Agreement

The attached form is used as an application and agreement to become a Foster for MSRH. If you have interest in fostering for MSRH, please complete the application / agreement and submit.  MSRH will be in contact with you shortly to further discuss your application and our foster needs at this time.  Thank you!

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Purpose of Fostering / General Responsibilities
  1. The purpose of fostering is to allow a rescued dog to live in a home environment while awaiting permanent placement thus permitting the Foster Family to evaluate the animal for permanent placement and to work with the animal while in their care. A home environment is a lot less stressful than a boarding facility, and a lot less expensive for Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston (MSRH). The additional exposure the animal gets from being treated as "one of the family" often speeds up any healing process and helps ensure that an appropriate adoption family is selected.
  2. MSRH places high value on our Foster Families and we consider them to be an essential element in the welfare and placement of our rescues. We want the experience to be enjoyable and free of misunderstandings for all concerned.
  3. The person(s) agreeing to foster for MSRH will abide by all rules as set forth below and will make no decisions or actions regarding the animal's veterinary care (including euthanasia) or placement without prior approval from Karen Coleman, Marilyn Malaney or Beverly Mattocks. In addition, Foster agrees to provide humane care and maintenance in accordance with all current state, county and municipal laws and ordinances while the rescue(s) reside with the Foster Family.
New Field
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The Agreement - Accept Or Decline Each Statement
  1. 1) I will provide the rescue(s) with a fully fenced yard or other humane means of exercise
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  3. 2) The rescue(s) will not be constantly kenneled or left outdoors unattended
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  5. 3) The rescue(s) will be treated as a household pet and member of the family and never be used for breeding or as an attack dog or exclusively as a guard dog.
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  7. 4) I will provide the rescue(s) with adequate food, water, shelter, affection, socialization, exercise and medical care as I would my own dogs.
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  9. 5) In the event of necessity, I will suggest any basic training or treatment necessary to the well-being of the rescue(s) to help increase its chance of being adopted.
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  11. 6) The rescue(s) will permanently reside at my address until adopted. There are certainly exceptions (e.g. vacations)
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  13. 7) If for some reason I cannot continue to foster rescue(s) I will immediately notify Karen Coleman at or Marilyn Malaney at
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  15. 8) Rescue(s) shall not be sold, abandoned, relinquished to a pound, shelter or other rescue group other than MSRH, transferred, or given to any individual, or to any retail or wholesale establishment for the purpose of sale or resale to the public, nor to any research institution where medical experimentation or other practices take place.
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  17. 9) I understand that MSRH and its representatives have very limited information regarding the temperament and habits of each and every rescue that comes in. To ensure proper placement, I will forward a current photo, initial update and vet visit record (when necessary) to Beverly Mattocks or Marilyn Malaney .
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  19. 10) I agree to take all reasonable precautions through the use of crates, leashes, supervision and common sense to ensure that rescue(s) do not run loose, become a nuisance, destroy property, injure or be injured by another animal or injure or be injured by any person or persons
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  21. 11) I understand that the rescue(s) remain the property of MSRH and can be removed from my foster care at any time and without any prior notice
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  23. 12) I understand that for MSRH to build and continue to maintain a good relationship with potential adopters I will need to be courteous, helpful, honest and to fully cooperate with accommodating the adoption process.
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  25. 13) I will provide a fair assessment of the rescue(s) interaction with the potential adopters and their impression of the likely success of such a placement. In addition, I also understand that I have the authority to decline an adoption for any reason deemed necessary. in the event of a decline, I will contact Sandra Plunk sandra@msrh or Marilyn Malaney immediately to explain.
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  27. 14) In the event of a medical emergency, I understand that I do not have the authority to contact an emergency veterinarian clinic directly. I will immediately contact Karen Coleman or Marilyn Malaney prior to making any veterinary care decisions.
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  29. 15) I understand that appearance is very important and I will groom, bathe and keep the rescue(s) presentable at all times. If needed, I can contact Marilyn Malaney to set up grooming or make arrangements for grooming.
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  31. 16) I agree to immediately submit copies of all medical records to Marilyn Malaney (e.g. shots, removal of sutures, heartworm treatment, etc)
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  33. 17) To aid in the adoption process, I will submit, in a timely manger, a picture and information suitable for a dog 'biography' to Beverly Mattocks at for inclusion on MSRH website.
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  35. In the event that I wish to permanently adopt the rescue(s), I agree to complete and submit an adoption application, adoption release form and I agree to pay for any and all related expenses including the full adoption fee within 10 days of the decision to adopt unless approved otherwise by Karen Coleman, Marilyn Malaney, or Beverly Mattocks,
More About You And Your Home
And Finally
  1. I hereby acknowledge having read the terms of this agreement and hereby agree to abide by each of the rules of fostering as outlined above.

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