Placement Guide For Foster Home and/or
Use your good
judgment when adapting the following to your particular rescue group.
You may have a different volunteer do the house check or perhaps that
is the task of the foster home. A house check should be done prior to
adoption. Some rescue volunteers will prefer delivering the dog to its
new home but other groups are stretched to thin, preferring that the
adopter pick up the dog. These are general guidelines.
Keep other dogs
OUT OF SIGHT during the pre-adoption visit. Rescue dogs may suffer by
comparison to your Champion; also too many dogs can disrupt
prospective family arrives do not force the dog on them. Initially,
remain to observe the interaction between dog and family. When youíre
with the responses, allow the family time to relate mutually with the
dog. The Akita
is not always immediately friendly and dogs that have been mistreated
the reactions of the dog with the family, especially with children.
period tell the new family all you know about the dogís temperament,
habits, medical problems, dietary needs, medications, etc. BE
COMPLETELY HONEST. Always use phrases "IF you take him/herí or "IF you
decide to adopt him/herí NEVER make the family feel forced to adopt.
If the Akita is
not relating, or if the people act disinterested indicating the dog is
not what they wanted, terminate the interview. If youíre holding
another dog in foster care, allow them to meet the alternate dog. If
you know of a dog in another foster home suggest they arrange to see
it. You, as the foster home, have the final word.
importance of heartworm prevention in affected areas and other
preventative inoculations, also the use of crates and obedience
If this is a
match, explain the need for a house check and arrange to have that
done as soon as mutually convenient.
PREPARATIONS FOR APPROVED ADOPTIONS:
After you have
completed your house check, arrange an advance
appointment with the prospective adopting family. Ask that they
call you if they cannot keep the appointment or if they will be
Tell them to
bring a leash and collar of the right size unless your
rescue supplies these. They should have a name tag for the collar.
paperwork should be ready: release and indemnity
forms, health and feeding information sheets, copies of health
Be sure you know the dogís tattoo or microchip number if there is
and the date of spay or neuter so this can be included. Before
your hands, dogs should be spayed/neutered.
Release and Indemnity Form with them. Go over the clauses
with the new family. Discuss the transfer of ownership, obedience
agreements, your legal right to reclamation if adoption is a
The Release and
Indemnity Form should be completed in DUPLICATE and
should be witnessed. On the back of their copy or on another form,
the medications (doses and times, etc.), food portions and
frequency, preventatives (heartworm), and telephone numbers and
who to call if they have any problems or questions. STRESS that
must not be shy about asking.
Ask for the
name of their veterinarian. Give them a complete medical
history on the dog including shot records. If medications are used
(Soloxin, etc.),discuss it with the family.
judgment about accepting cash or checks for the donation
but regardless, issue a receipt. If you are a non-profit 501 C-3
them their donation is tax deductible. Money should be refunded if
the dog is returned but may be prorated. No refund after thirty
is suggested, but the dog MUST be returned.
family leaves they should have:
The dog with
collar leash and I.D. tag.
One copy of the
Release and Indemnity Form, WITNESSED, SIGNED, AND DATED
on feeding, care, personality, and medications and whom to contact
Informative articles on temperament, training, and care, health
records, information on health care (these are available at most
When the Akita
leaves YOU should have:
The original copy
of the Release and Indemnity Form, WITNESSED, SIGNED, AND DATED.
Cash, check, or
money order for the donation depending on your policy or decision.
The name and the
address of their veterinarian.
The original of
their application form, or copy if family was referred by local
THE FEELING THAT THIS WILL BE A GOOD HOME FOR
paperwork in your books. Keep track of any information that needs
follow up and CALL them within a few days if they have not called
you. When you speak with the family once again stress the importance
of staying in touch with your group.
to the Doberman Rescue League for this format.)
I, (WE) THE
UNDERSIGNED AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF THIS CONTRACT AND
UNDERSTAND THAT NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT
GIVES _________________THE RIGHT TO RECLAIM THIS AKITA WITHOUT REFUND
OF ADOPTION FEE:
1. To return
Akita only to _____ if unable to keep at any time during the life
of your Akita. You do not have the right to place the Akita in
2. To notify
_____ immediately if Akita is lost or stolen and to make every effort
locate the Akita by contacting shelters, humane societies and
placing an ad in
the newspapers; and notify____________________if I move to
address and phone numbers.
3. To never
take this Akita to an animal shelter, pound or humane society,
and never allow Akita to be used in animal research, dog
protection training, attack training or as a guard dog for any
firm, corporation or organization.
4. To treat
Akita as a family pet, with affection and kindness and not
subject Akita to abuse or cruelty at any time. To provide
adequate companionship including time in the house. To provide a
securely fenced yard with locked gates and to keep Akita on a
when dog is not on adopter's property.
5. To provide
regular veterinary care, including annual vaccinations,
parasite checks, parasite control, and dental care. In the event
an illness, an ______ volunteer should be contacted to offer any
6. To provide
proper food, including a good quality meat and bone meal
based food kibbled dog food according to feeding instructions
you with this contract. To provide shelter and fresh water at all
7. To not
transport Akita in an open vehicle without legal restraints
in compliance with California Humane Laws.
immediately license, put and keep personal ID. tag on Akita and to
keep ________tag on the Akita at all times, with a strong buckle
To never leave a choke chain on the dog when unattended.
9. To obedience
train Akita at formal obedience classes and to
immediately contact and discuss any behavior or medical
with an _____________representative.
10. The adopter
agrees to allow representatives of __________ to periodically
check on the Akita to be assured of full compliance with items #
I through #10.
RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION:
______________________________________ does not recommend that an
Akita of more than one year of age be adopted into a home where there
are children less than teen-age. This recommendation is based on past
experience with adult Akitas severely injuring small children.
The Akita is
known to be aggressive towards other dogs, especially dogs of the same
sex and is known to be aggressive towards cats and other animals. The
Akita displays primitive canine behavior patterns at times. When given
a harsh obedience correction, the Akita may respond to interpreted
aggression with aggression. The undersigned adopter has been advised
of these facts and agrees to accept all responsibility for the
behavior of the Akita chosen for adoption, and agrees to ALL
CONDITIONS of this contract.
of ___________ allowing me/us to adopt this Akita as our pet, I/we
promise and agree to be solely responsible for this animal and to
indemnify and hold harmless the__________________________, its Board
of Directors, Officers, its members and its volunteers from any and
all claims of liability for the conduct of this Akita on or after the
date of this adoption.
further agree(s) and intend(s) that this RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND
INDEMNIFICATION shall apply to all known, unknown, and unanticipated
from my/our adoption, ownership or control of said animal.
THIS IS A BINDING
CONTRACT, ENFORCEABLE BY CIVIL LAW. I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO ITEMS #1
THROUGH #10 AND ALL CONDITIONS IN THIS CONTRACT.
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