I volunteer for a rescue organization and a foster is refusing to return a dog. We have given the foster every opportunity to adopt the dog (adoption agreement-lower adoption fee) and she has not done either. Finally we gave her an ultimatum and a deadline to complete the agreement (that was last night and we haven't heard back). We have two families in wait who want to adopt this dogs and we are left feeling helpless and held hostage by this women. I don't know if authorities are call (the police) whether they will assist returning the dog back to us. If they don't what can we do?
Persons (and organizations) who believe that their animal is being wrongfully withheld can commence a civil lawsuit (replevin action) to try to get their animal returned. The police can be contacted too (but they usually will not get involved in pet custody disputes or enforcement of foster care agreements). Foster care agreements should specify rights and responsibilities of foster care “parents” and rescue organizations.
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