Adoption Contract

Thank you so much for adopting and giving a rescue a furever home!

Please read each statement below:

1. I have the consent of the other members of my household to bring this cat into my home. I am taking full fiscal and legal responsibility for the cat from this day forward. I have every intention to keep this cat for the remainder of its natural life. Should my living situation, financial or personal circumstances change, I will make every effort to maintain responsible guardianship of the cat.

2. The cat will live in a safe and sanitary private residence as a companion animal and will be provided with fresh food and water daily, as well as its own dean litter box.

3. I agree never to strike or harm the cat in any way, nor allow anyone else to do so. I will NOT have the cat declawed by any method. I understand that having a tendonectomy, onychectomy, or other declawing procedure performed on this cat could result in a judgment against me of up to $5,000.

4. I will provide future vaccinations and also veterinary care upon disease or injury. I will take him or her to the vet for checkups as recommended by my veterinarian. I will do whatever it takes to keep my cat living a good quality of life. I will not euthanize him or her unless s/he is suffering and there is no other recourse and this is per my vet's recommendation.

5. I will never use, sell, give or transfer the cat for commercial or illegal purposes. I agree to notify The Furry Paws Foster Inn of any potential transfer of guardianship and understand that the new adopters will be required to sign an adoption agreement. I understand that I can always contact The Furry Paws Foster Inn for help with rehoming this cat.

6. Should behavior problems arise, I will contact The Furry Paws Foster Inn for guidance and take all reasonable measures to correct them as advised by a feline behaviorist and/or veterinarian.

7. I agree to relinquish my cat to The Furry Paws Foster Inn if The Furry Paws Foster Inn in good faith believes that the cat is not being cared for according to the conditions delineated in this contract per State and local law.

8. I agree never to bring my adopted cat to another shelter or animal control facility for any reason. Should I need to find a more suitable accommodation for the cat in the future, I will contact The Furry Paws Foster Inn for placement assistance.

9. I acknowledge that by paying the adoption fee I am not purchasing a product, but making a donation toward a worthy cause. The adoption fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after 7 days of the pet being in the new home stated above. I understand that if for some reason the cat is not suitable for my household l am required to contact The Furry Paws Foster Inn to make arrangements for his/her return, if warranted.

10. I agree, if the kitten I adopted has not been altered, I will bring the kitten back to The Furry Paws Foster Inn for them to get spayed or neutered at a later time. At that time they will receive the rabies vaccine at no cost to the adopter. There is no additional fee for the spay/neuter. The rescue will reach out via email at least 7 days or more prior to schedule the spay/neuter.
If I choose to have the kitten spayed/neutered elsewhere, this will be at my own expense and will not hold The Furry Paws Foster Inn liable for the vet bill. I must provide documentation to The Furry Paws Foster Inn within 6 months of adoption of having the kitten spayed/neutered and received the Rabies vaccine. If I decline or fail to provide such documentation, The Furry Paws Foster Inn have the right to reclaim the animal at any moment.

11. I have read and understood the information provided about my cat's health care. I agree to take my cat to the veterinarian for a physical exam within one month of adoption or after their spay/neuter.

12. I will notify my local shelter, microchip company, and The Furry Paws Foster Inn within 24 hours should the said animal become lost or missing.

13. I permit an authorized member or official of The Furry Paws Foster Inn to visit my premises from time to time to be assured that the animal is happily settled.

14. I understand the paperwork about the SHUTDOWN/INTEGRATION PROTOCOL given in my adoption packet and that it is required, so that my newly adopted cat/kitten will be set-up for a successful transition into his/her new, permanent home. If I choose to disregard this SHUTDOWN/INTEGRATION PROTOCOL (which has been compiled by experts with many decades of experience), I am choosing to set-up my newly adopted cat/kitten for possible failure.

15. I allow The Furry Paws Foster Inn to repossess the animal if, in their opinion, the terms of this agreement are not being reasonably adhered to.
Please read each statement below:

1. Dogs are different from human beings in their responses to human actions and the actions of the dogs are often unpredictable; dogs should be closely supervised when they are with children and a dog’s behavior may change after he/she leaves the foster facility or home. Age and breed of our dogs are estimated based upon the limited information available given at time of surrender and The Furry Paws Foster Inn cannot guarantee the accuracy of such estimates. THE FURRY PAWS FOSTER INN MAKES NO CLAIMS OR REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES (EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED) AS TO THE TEMPERAMENT, AGE, BREED, HEALTH OR MENTAL DISPOSITION OF ADOPTED DOG.

2. I hereby accept possession of, right to, title to and responsibility for the Adopted Dog identified above and release and discharge The Furry Paws Foster Inn forever from liability for injury or damages to persons or property caused by Adopted Dog, and from any causes of action, claims, suits or demands whatsoever that may arise as a result of such injury or damages, including instances involving the negligence of The Furry Paws Foster Inn. I agree to indemnify The Furry Paws Foster Inn from any such liability, causes of action, claims, suits or demands.

3. I understand that The Furry Paws Foster Inn is adopting the Adopted Dog to me based upon representations that I will provide good care and a loving indoor home for the Adopted Dog for his/her entire life. I agree that I will not release the Adopted Dog at any time into the wild, take the Adopted Dog to a shelter or animal control facility, or give the Adopted Dog away for the purpose of relinquishing responsibility for it. If I am unable to care for the Adopted Dog at any time, I will notify The Furry Paws Foster Inn and the Adopted Dog must be returned to The Furry Paws Foster Inn unless The Furry Paws Foster Inn consents to a transfer of ownership. THE FURRY PAWS FOSTER INN MUST BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED IF I CAN NO LONGER KEEP THE ADOPTED DOG. FAILURE TO DO SO CONSTITUTES A BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT AND MAY RESULT IN LEGAL ACTION. In the event of return and regardless of the date of such return, I hereby relinquish forever all rights to the Adopted Dog and waive any fees paid to The Furry Paws Foster Inn in connection with the adoption of the Adopted Dog.

4. I understand that The Furry Paws Foster Inn does its best to disclose all health records and known health conditions to adopters. I am aware that the dog I am adopting likely came from an owner surrender. I understand that upon accepting a new dog into the organization, The Furry Paws Foster Inn provides its dogs with a basic vet visit that includes necessary vaccinations and health tests but does not provide a comprehensive medical exam prior to adoption. As a result, sickness, injury and disability may exist unbeknownst to The Furry Paws Foster Inn. The Furry Paws Foster Inn is not responsible for payment of any vet care, including known and unknown medical conditions once I adopt the Adopted Dog. I agree to provide at my own expense any follow-up vet visits that may be necessary for previous health conditions.

5. I agree to get the proper licensing as required by my local ordinance city/county/state. It would be acquired and worn by the animal at all times.

6. The adopted dog will never be left unattended outside on a tether or chain 24/7. If The Furry Paws Foster Inn is notified of excessive outdoor habitation, The Furry Paws Foster Inn reserves the right to enter personal property and redeem the animal. Should medical expenses arise due to this neglect, the adopter will be liable to pay for up to $2,500 in medical expense compensation to The Furry Paws Foster Inn.

7. I understand that there have been several recent incidents in the Baltimore, MD area where dogs that have been left unattended and tied up outside of stores, restaurants, or buildings even for just a few minutes have been stolen (possibly for inhumane purposes). I agree that I shall not leave the Adopted Dog unattended on the street or in any public area. I also agree that the Adopted Dog will be walked on a leash, and I will not allow my dog off leash in public areas that are not enclosed.

8. The Furry Paws Foster Inn reserves the right, at any time, to reclaim the Adopted Dog in the best interest of its welfare if, in The Furry Paws Foster Inn’s sole discretion, the dog is neglected, mistreated, or denied medical care, or I, adopter, do not comply with this Agreement or fail to comply with local, county, state laws regarding dog ownership.

9. I agree to take the Adopted Dog for a comprehensive veterinarian examination, within 1 MONTH of the date of this Agreement and annually thereafter. I understand that The Furry Paws Foster Inn is adopting a dog to me based upon representations made during the application process that I have the financial means and personal commitment to provide quality veterinary care to the Adopted Dog for its life and I agree to seek veterinary treatment for any and all health conditions. I also agree to administer flea/tick and heartworm preventative medicine every month.

10. If the adopted dog is not already spayed or neutered, I agree to have him/her spayed or neutered and provide The Furry Paws Foster Inn with documented proof of spay/neutering within a year.

11. If the Adopted Dog is not already microchipped, I agree to have him/her microchipped. I will deliver or email proof of microchipping to The Furry Paws Foster Inn.

12. The Furry Paws Foster Inn strongly recommends that all adopters enroll their Adopted Dogs in a pet care insurance program immediately after adoption. Adopters should be aware that veterinary care is very expensive and can be particularly surprising to new dog owners. Purchasing pet insurance, which is often in the range of $50 per month, can be a lifesaver if an expensive procedure is ever needed. If you decide to purchase pet health insurance, it is highly recommended that you do so immediately after adoption because any conditions that arise prior to purchase may be considered pre-existing and not covered under the policy. The Furry Paws Foster Inn can recommend insurance plans if requested.

13. I permit an authorized member or official of The Furry Paws Foster Inn to visit my premises from time to time to be assured that the animal is happily settled.

14. I understand that it will take weeks or months for the Adopted Dog to feel secure in a new environment and that I can expect that the Adopted Dog may have anxieties, fear, or housebreaking issues that will need to be worked through with patience and positive reinforcement. I understand that positive reinforcement obedience training is of the utmost importance, and that it can make the Adopted Dog’s transition into my home go more smoothly. I understand that The Furry Paws Foster Inn is adopting the Adopted Dog to me based upon representations made during the application process that I will invest adequate time and resources to help the Adopted Dog with behavioral issues to the extent that any ever arise. I understand that prior to returning a dog to The Furry Paws Foster Inn due to behavioral issues, I will meet with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist for at least 3 sessions to address any such issues and communicate progress to The Furry Paws Foster Inn. In the event the Adopted Dog is returned for behavioral reasons, I will provide evidence of such consultations and detailed description of behaviors to assist future fosters and adopters.

15. At the time of adoption, I have had the opportunity to review the following documents and ask any questions to The Furry Paws Foster Inn regarding such documents: veterinary/medical records, foster information and observed behavior forms (although foster info and observed behavior forms may not always be available).

16. Two Week Shutdown/Integration Protocol
● I will keep my newly adopted dog and my existing animals separated by gates or other barriers for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks

● I will introduce my newly adopted dog to other animals in the house slowly, and for short periods of time (10-15 minutes for each session), through physical barriers or while walking together with all dogs leashed for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will introduce my newly adopted dog only to immediate family members for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will always keep my newly adopted dog on a leash while he is in the house for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will not introduce my newly adopted dog to other dogs outside of the house for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will always keep my newly adopted dog on a leash while he is outside, even if I have a fenced yard, for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will always keep my newly adopted dog safely crated when I am not home for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will not leave my newly adopted dog unsupervised with any existing animals or small children for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will not take my newly adopted dog to public places - pet store, dog park, friend’s house, family member’s house or doggie play group for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I will not attempt to begin any obedience training of my newly adopted dog for at least one week, or for as long as two weeks.

● I understand that my newly adopted dog needs to learn about my household routines and expectations.

● I will be particularly vigilant about not leaving windows or doors open while my newly adopted dog is transitioning to his new, permanent home.

I understand that this SHUTDOWN/INTEGRATION PROTOCOL is required so that my newly adopted dog will be set-up for a successful transition into his new, permanent home. If I choose to disregard this SHUTDOWN/INTEGRATION PROTOCOL (which has been compiled by experts with many decades of experience), I am choosing to set-up my newly adopted dog for possible failure.
HEARTWORM POSITIVE DOGS ONLY:

To the extent that the Adopted Dog is heartworm positive at the time of adoption, I agree to take all necessary steps to ensure that the Adopted Dog is treated for this disease as soon as possible after adoption. The Furry Paws Foster Inn provides two options for treating heartworm positive dogs (please choose one of the following):

Option A: I, as the adopter, agree to pay the regular adoption fee and The Furry Paws Foster Inn will continue the plan of the necessary heartworm treatment shots. The Furry Paws Foster Inn already has the shots scheduled or plan to schedule dates for the heartworm shot treatment. The Furry Paws Foster Inn will make all payments for heartworm treatment directly to the Treatment Location. I understand that The Furry Paws Foster Inn shall only be responsible for payment of the heartworm treatment shots and not for any ancillary or follow-up services (such as x-rays, retesting). I also understand that The Furry Paws Foster Inn shall not be liable for any urgent care or other expenses resulting from complications as a result of the heartworm shots. I understand that it is my responsibility to drive and pick-up the Adopted Dog to and from the Treatment Location for 3 scheduled visits.

Option B: I will bring the Adopted Dog to a veterinarian for heartworm evaluation and treatment soon after adoption. I agree to follow the treatment protocol established by my veterinarian, and will deliver or email each receipt visit to the vet all the way up to the final proof of completion of heartworm treatment to The Furry Paws Foster Inn. If The Furry Paws Foster Inn has any unused donations towards treatment and vet care they will pay it directly to the vet you plan to use.

By signing and dating below I acknowledged, understand, and agree with the statements above.

Please pass phone/tablet to The Furry Paws Foster Inn Representative/Foster for them to electronically sign.

Within 24hrs you will receive a separate email to physically sign this document. Your signature will appear below.