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Put Your Heart Into It

John Lennon once said that life is what happens while we are making other plans.   We can't predict everything.   People get transferred.  Jobs can be lost. We might have to move.  Get married.  Divorced.  Children come along.
Committed pet owners have learned that there are usually good solutions to all of these changes that do not involve getting rid of faithful pets.   This section has been built to offer the benefit of those lessons learned.   
MOVING:  We all agree that moving is stressful.....but if your pets could talk, they would tell you that they would much rather go through that than be left behind.   These are only a few of the good resources available:

Moving With Pets - SPCANS

Moving: How to Move Your Pet Safely | The Humane Society of the United States

Travelling with Your Pet

Moving With Your Pet

Establish a Routine for Pets After Moving -


SPCANS Prenatal Guide for Pet Owners

Best Friends Animal Society - Kids and Pets

Introducing Your Pet and New Baby | The Humane Society of the United States

Preparing Your Pet for Baby's Arrival

Animal Safety For Kids



Coping with Allergies to Pets

Living With Pet Allergies



No matter what you have to face, it will always be easier if you keep your best friend by your side


If you have found someone to care for your pet, drawing up a Private Foster Care Agreement is a great idea to protect both the Pet Owner's rights to reclaim their pet and to clarify the specifics of the arrangements.

Private Foster Care Agreement

between Pet Owner and Foster Pet Caregiver

This agreement is made this _______ day of ______, 20__, by and

between _____________________________(Foster pet caregiver) and ________________ (Pet Owner).

The pet is: _______________________

1. Foster caregiver understands that he or she is not becoming the owner of any animals, but is only willing to provide humane care for the pet until its owner is able to fully care for the pet again or receive adequate assistance to have pet in his or her home again.

2. Foster caregiver agrees to peaceably and voluntarily give the pets back to the owner at a convenient time for the foster home(within two weeks of the contracted date) Foster caregiver agrees to make no claim of ownership, title, right or interest in and to the animal.

3. Foster caregiver agrees to let the Pet owner check the living quarters for the pet at any time to ensure that the pet is being well-cared for. Foster pet caregiver agrees to keep a collar and identification tag on the pet at all times.

4. Foster caregiver agrees to notify the Pet Owner as to any behavioural or health problems of the animals. These concerns will be discussed with the owner, who reserves the right to determine proper course of action to take.

5. Foster caregiver will notify the Pet Owner in the event of any change in address or phone number listed below. Foster caregiver will not place animal with anybody else unless it has been previously discussed and approved by the Pet Owner

6 Pet owner will provide supplies for daily pet care including food, medication, bedding, toys, grooming, vet costs, and whatever other particular daily needs the pet has. Pet owner agrees to reimburse foster caregiver for further known expenses that include:







In addition, the Pet Owner is willing to reimburse the foster caregiver for additional unforeseen costs without prior approval up to __________ . Every effort will be made to discuss needs with owner.


7. Foster caregiver is undertaking these obligations with no claim, now or in the future, to any type of compensation or reimbursement for caring of the pet. Foster caregiver is caring for pet out of his or her own free will.

8. Foster caregiver agrees to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and kind treatment for animals at all times. Dogs will not be kept outside unsupervised and cats will not go outside at all (unless on a leash and approved by owner) Foster caregiver must adhere to all state and local animal laws. Foster caregiver agrees to follow additional written instructions by the Pet Owner

9. The agreement is for the length of time in foster care is from ____________to _______________(estimated that the owner will be unable to care for pet) When longer than 2 months, the plan will be re-evaluated.

10. Foster caregiver will have first option to keep the pet if the owner no longer is able to and owner has no other plan in place for the pet.

11. Foster caregiver agrees that accidental animal bites or other injuries to humans and other animals do occur, and agrees to hold harmless and indemnify, and protect the Pet Owner, from any claim or suit filed by anyone as a result of such an incident. Likewise, foster caregiver is not responsible for such incidents as well and will not be held liable. In addition, the Pet Owner will not be responsible if animal should damage or destroy property belong to Foster Caregiver, or shall transfer any disease or internal or external parasite to other animals belonging to foster caregiver.

  1. This agreement is the entire agreement of the parties, and there are no oral promises or representations made in addition to this contract and it may only be changed in writing both by the Pet Owner and the Foster Caregiver.


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Pet Owner(s) Foster Caregiver






Address of Foster Caregiver



Phone of Foster Caregiver




Contact information for the Pet Owner