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What are my rights as a foster parent?

Q:

Hi. My fiancee and I are currently fostering a dog for a Rescue that is well-meaning, but poorly equipped to care for animals. We have kept the dog in order to spare it having to go back to the Rescue, which is filthy and packed with animals stacked up in crates far too small for them. We have been working with them to bring the dog to the vet for his shots and to make a groomers appointment, etc. and were just told that he has an appointment at 5pm Friday and that his "adopters will take him from there." This seems to imply they have adopted the dog out without ever having done a meet and greet or allowing us to provide input, not to mention that we can't get the dog there by 5pm anyway.

I wonder what our legal rights are to keep the dog until they agree to have the potential adopters meet him? We are paying for his food and transportation to and from vet appointments and to get home during the day to walk him, etc. - I think we should have some say, especially since the Rescue is such a mess? We did not fill out any paperwork with them or sign a contract of any kind - they don't even know where we live. Thank you for your advice.

A:

Unless there is an agreement stating otherwise, usually individuals who foster animals do not have rights to dictate adoption procedures for the shelter or rescue that placed the animal in foster care. Perhaps if you want to adopt the dog, the shelter or rescue would consider that. If you believe that animals are being neglected, contact your local SPCA or police.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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