SSPA Foster Agreement

Foster Care Program Agreement

As a foster care provider for Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • Any and all details surrounding confiscated animals and/or those involved in any investigation or legal process are considered confidential and, are held in high confidence. Disclosure of confidential information may jeopardize case outcomes and may cause Foster Provider to be pulled into the legal process/questioned in a court of law.
  • All animals will remain the property of Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive/City of Stockton Animal Services while in foster care and must be returned as requested.
  • The shelter will provide all basic care items for the foster animals such as food, bedding, toys, flea control, crates (as available), vaccines, and deworming. It is the responsibility of the foster home to keep adequate supplies on hand. Food or other supplies bought by the foster home provider will not be reimbursed.
  • Foster Provider agrees to follow daily care, housing and safety instructions from Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive and provide appropriate food, water, shelter, a clean living environment, and kind treatment for the animal(s) at all times. In addition, Foster Provider agrees to administer any prescribed medications as instructed by the shelter and follow shelter medical protocols.
  • The shelter reserves the right to visit a prospective foster home prior to placing any animal, or at any time during the fostering period.
  • Foster Provider agrees to immediately notify Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive of any concerning behavior issues that may arise, or of known issues that become more severe while in foster care.
  • At any time a foster animal becomes ill or injured, shelter staff must be notified immediately. The shelter will provide required medical care within its resources.
  • Resident pets living in the home must be currently vaccinated. It is strongly advised that Foster Care Providers discuss the health/vaccine status of resident pets with their veterinarian prior to bringing a foster animal into the home.
  • Animals in foster care may not be left unattended at any time with children or be under the care of children.
  • Animals in foster care cannot be off leash in any unfenced area, and in most cases cannot be left unattended in the yard. 
  • Animals in foster care cannot be taken to neighborhood parks, dog parks, or playgrounds. Foster animals should generally not be taken into other homes where there are children or other pets, or if there is any risk to the foster animal or anyone else.
  • Foster Provider understands that accidental animal bites or other injuries to humans or to other animals may occur and agrees to hold harmless, indemnify, and protect Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive/City of Stockton Animal Services from any claim or suit filed by anyone as a result of negligence on behalf of the Foster Care Provider. Foster Provider agrees to immediately notify Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive if any such incident occurs.
  • For dogs/puppies over the age of 4 months, Foster Provider agrees to always keep an appropriate collar/identification tag on the animal(s). The shelter provides these ID items.
  • Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive will not be responsible if any foster animal should damage or destroy property belonging to Foster Provider or any other party, or if the foster animal(s) transfer any disease, illness, or internal or external parasites to other animals not belonging to the shelter.
  • Foster Provider will notify Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive in the event any change occurs in their address, telephone number and/or email address, or change of address where the animal(s) is being fostered.
  • Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive reserves the right to determine final disposition of any foster animal.