Foster family.

////Foster family.


What rights do I have as a foster family? I am fostering for a cat and the organization won’t let me adopt the cat. Do I have any rights to this cat?


Rights of foster “parents” and rescues/shelters are usually contained in a written foster agreement. That agreement should be carefully reviewed. Fostering, unlike adopting, is typically a temporary arrangement although some agreements provide that foster “parents” have the first right to adopt the fostered animal (but still subject to approval of the rescue/shelter). I hope that you and the rescue/shelter can work this out in the best interests of the cat. Perhaps finding out why the organization is reluctant to allow you to adopt this cat will help in the negotiations.

PLEASE NOTE: Responses to legal inquiries are not meant to replace seeking legal advice from an attorney in your state. The materials in this website and any responses to questions are for informational purposes only and are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. This website, the information contained herein, and any responses to questions directed to this column are not intended to create and do not establish an attorney-client relationship. You should not rely or act upon any information provided on this website or in any response to your inquiry without seeking the advice of an attorney in your state regarding the facts of your specific situation.

Send Your Pet Legal Question Now!

Elinor will field as many questions as she can and they will be posted here on this site. Due to the volume of questions received, not all questions are answered. However, many individuals have similar questions. You may find helpful information in the categories listed below.

Ask a Legal Question

By |2023-07-17T16:10:23-04:00June 12th, 2023|