In consideration of the willingness of the City of Fort Wayne Department of Animal Care and Control to delegate to me assignments within the scope of volunteer services, I do hereby release, discharge and forgive the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, all of its respective boards, departments and employees from and against any liability, claims, injuries to person, death or damages that may be sustained or caused in the course of my duties as a volunteer for the Department of Animal Control. Such release shall include, but not be limited to, injuries sustained as a result of animal bites and scratches, diseases contracted from animals, injuries due to falls and injuries due to the handling of animals. I do hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless all the above-named parties from and against any and all such liability.
It is hereby acknowledged that this document has been signed for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, and further, this document shall be binding upon the undersigned and his/her successors, assigns and personal representatives.
Furthermore, as a volunteer I commit to:
· Attending training sessions provided to volunteers.
· Full disclosure of personal restrictions, such as but not limited to: a limit on how much weight I can lift; allergies to animals; pregnancy; immunocompromised; and any other pertinent health issues.
· Reporting all accidents or injuries to first available staff. I will follow thoroughly and exactly the procedures as set by The City of Fort Wayne and Animal Care and Control.
Observing the safety rules of Animal Care and Control. I will follow the instructions of Staff
Foster Code of Conduct
The Department’s policies concerning spay/neuter promotion, adoptions, and euthanasia have been developed as a proactive approach to responsible pet ownership and pet overpopulation. The success of this approach is possible with the support of every volunteer. Although my personal opinions may differ, I recognize that while I am a volunteer representing Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control (FWACC), I represent this approach to the citizens of Fort Wayne.
v I will be courteous, civil, professional and respectful towards the public, other volunteers, and staff.
v I will route questions, concerns, and ideas to the Foster Coordinator.
v I will follow established procedures while volunteering with FWACC.
v I will report any incident or injury that I experience or witness to the Foster Coordinator or another supervisor immediately after it happens.
v I will maintain the confidentiality of all information that I have access to including client information and the status of animals not available for adoption.
v I will not commit any inhumane act towards any animal.
v I will not be disrespectful or rude to the public, other volunteers, or staff.
v I will not threaten, intimidate, or be disruptive while volunteering for FWACC.
v I will not enter unauthorized areas unless I have been given permission to do so.
v I will not engage in willful abuse or misuse of FWACC property.
v I will not falsify or withhold information pertaining to my health.
If at any point in time I can no longer support these policies I will respectfully resign.
Commitment to Cause
MISSION STATEMENT: It is our mission to serve our community in a humane, public safety capacity while working to keep pets with loving families by providing education opportunities and resources or facilitating re-homing or adoption when necessary.
This Department’s policies concerning spay/neuter promotion, adoptions, and euthanasia have been developed as a proactive approach to responsible pet ownership and pet overpopulation. The success of this approach is possible with the support of every volunteer. Although my personal opinions may differ, I recognize that while I am a volunteer representing Animal Care & Control, I represent this approach to citizens of Fort Wayne.
If a situation should arise that a citizen wishes to engage in a conversation about a policy issue such as euthanasia and I am uncomfortable discussing or defending, I will seek a staff member’s assistance.
If at any point in time I can no longer in good faith support these policies with my time and talents, I will respectfully resign.
Essential Capabilities of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Volunteers
There are several animal care needs within Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control (FWACC) that are fulfilled by volunteers. To safely and effectively serve as a volunteer at the shelter, volunteers need to possess the following physical, mental, and emotional capabilities. The volunteer’s signature on this form indicates he/she believes he/she possesses these basic capabilities.
Essential Physical Capabilities:
· Quick reflexes and ability to use both hands simultaneously (example: open cage door while handling animal).
· High level of manual dexterity.
· Ability to bend and squat in order to leash/harness and pick up an animal.
· Average to be able to observe animal body language without difficulty, and to be able to read notes on paperwork.
· Average sense of smell and touch in order to assess body condition of animals, and to note signs of illness or injury.
· Ability to hear if animal is growling or making sounds indicating fear or pain.
· Ability to speak and effectively communicate verbally as well as in written form.
· Ability to deal with strong and unpleasant odors.
· Possess immune system strong enough to tolerate exposure to zoonotic diseases such as ringworm and mange.
· Ability to bend, kneel, push and lift 20 lbs. without issues.
Essential Mental Capabilities:
· Ability to understand, remember and follow instructions and procedures.
· High level reading, writing, spelling and communication skills and a mastery of the English language.
· Possess problem-solving capability.
· Ability to observe animals for health and behavioral problems that are revealed during socialization.
· Must be aware of potentially dangerous situations when working with the animals, must be able to remain calm with animals who are upset; behave sensitively and confidently; show good judgment and act appropriately in these situations.
Essential Emotional Capabilities:
· Ability to cope with unexpected animal behavior without assistance.
· Ability to cope with a highly emotionally charged environment with some animals that are homeless, abandoned and/or abused, as well as the reality that some of the animals in our care may be euthanized.
· Ability to understand FWACC’s policies and positions regarding companion animals, animal control, and other key animal welfare issues and an ability and willingness to appropriately and accurately represent those policies when interacting with the public or otherwise representing FWACC.
This Foster Animal Foster Care Agreement ("Agreement") is entered between the City of Fort Wayne Department of Foster Animal Care and Control ("ACC") and the undersigned ("Provider") as of today’s date ("Effective Date").
In consideration of the mutual promises contained herein, ACC agrees to provide an Foster Animal or Foster Animals (each a "Foster Foster Animal" and, together, the "Foster Foster Animals") to Provider for the purpose of providing temporary foster care and Provider agrees to provide such foster care, pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. All foster care costs and expenses incurred in the performance of this Agreement shall be paid by Provider unless otherwise provided herein.
Provider acknowledges and agrees that he/she will acquire no legal or equitable ownership of or interest in the Foster Animal while the Foster Foster Animal is in Provider's care.
Notwithstanding any other term or provision of this Agreement, Provider agrees to immediately return the Foster Foster Animal to ACC: (a) on the calendar date established or the Foster Animal reaching the age established when the Foster Animal was placed in Provider's care; (b) in the event Provider cannot care for the Foster Animal; (c) in the event the Foster Animal requires significant medical care; or (d) upon the request of ACC.
Foster care for the Foster Animal will be provided by Provider under this Agreement for the following period: effective this day forward as long as I am an active foster(the "Foster Care Period"). The Foster Care Period may be extended upon the written agreement of the parties.
Provider agrees that the foster care provided under this Agreement shall include the following: Separation of the Fostered Animal from all other Foster Animals in Provider's residence.
Regularly providing nutritious food and fresh water on a daily basis, including hand feeding, if required.
Providing a warm refuge for the Foster Animal in Provider's residence. Providing a clean, accessible litter box and litter for cats and kittens.
Providing appropriate socialization for the Foster Animal with other Foster Animals and humans. Engaging and playing with Foster Animal on a regular basis.
Conducting regular examinations of Foster Animal for changes in physical condition (e.g. loss of appetite, dehydration, stool changes, sneezing, eye and ear discharge, ear wax or mites, gum color, condition of coat and skin and fleas).
Immediately reporting any noticeable change in Foster Animal's health or behavior to ACC.
Transporting Foster Animal to ACC as needed for medical treatment and upon completion of Foster Care Period.
Provider agrees to immediately notify ACC of: (a) any medical or other emergencies involving the Foster Animal; and (b) any changes in the medical/physical condition of the Foster Animal in order to obtain pre-approval of non-emergency veterinary care. Provider shall also report weekly to ACC during the Foster Care Period regarding the Foster Animal's general health and behavior. ACC shall at all times
have the sole and exclusive right to determine the appropriate action to be taken upon receipt of any of the foregoing information, and Provider agrees to follow ACC's instructions in connection therewith.
Provider represents that he/she will: (a) comply with all federal, state and local statutes, code, ordinances, rules, regulations and policies which currently or may hereafter apply to the possession and fostering of the Foster Animal and (b) follow all written and verbal instructions provided by ACC in connection with the fostering of the Foster Animal.
Except as hereinafter provided, ACC will pay for: (a) all standard veterinary care and medications (including examinations, vaccinations and treatments ) that the Foster Animal may require during the Foster Care Period and (b) veterinary care for the Foster Animal in the event of a medical emergency. ACC will pay for the aforesaid services only if such services are pre-approved by ACC and provided by an ACC pre-approved veterinarian.
ACC will provide the following basic care supplies for the Foster Animal: (a) one (1) starter kit of kitten food and litter; (b) medications as required during the Foster Care Period; (c) one (1) carrying cage; and
(d) Foster Animal food during the Foster Care Period. Provider shall be responsible for purchasing all additional food, litter, supplies, toys and other items for the Foster Animal during the Foster Care Period, without reimbursement from ACC.
Provider agrees to obtain the following items prior to picking up the Foster Animal from ACC: litter pan, litter scooper, non-clumping litter, food bowl, non-tipping water dish, scratching post, old towels/blankets, toys and a kitchen scale to weigh the Foster Animal.
Provider agrees to return to ACC all loaned equipment and unused supplies at the completion of the Foster Care Period or upon ACC's request. All such equipment shall be returned to ACC in good, clean condition, reasonable wear and tear excepted.
The Foster Animal's physical appearance shall not in any manner be altered by Provider during the Foster Care Period (including but not limited to declawing or tail/ear cropping) without the prior written consent of ACC.
Provider will cause all other Foster Animals which occupy Provider's residence to be current on vaccinations and to receive regular flea treatments prior to bringing the fostered Foster Animal into such residence and at all times during the Foster Care Period.
Provider will notify ACC immediately by telephone or electronic mail in the event Provider is unable or unwilling to provide foster care for any Foster Animal in Provider's possession. Provider will coordinate with ACC to return the Foster Animal to ACC's facility within a reasonable time (not to exceed four (4) business days) following such notice and will continue to provide appropriate foster care for the Foster Animal(s) under this Agreement until the fostered Foster Animal(s) are returned to ACC.
Provider may have the option to adopt the Foster Animal provided (a) the Foster Animal has not previously been adopted and (b) Provider meets all ACC adoption requirements. In order to commence the adoption process, Provider shall complete the requisite ACC adoption application documents and return the Foster Animal to ACC for sterilization.
Provider will immediately notify ACC in the event of a change in any of Provider's contact information (street address, telephone number, e-mail address) listed below prior to the effective date of such change.
Provider shall not transfer, move or relocate the Foster Animal from Provider's residence to any other residence or location without ACC's prior written consent. Provider shall not transfer foster care or custodial responsibilities for the Foster Animal to any third party without the prior written consent of ACC. In the event Provider will be absent from his/her residence for any extended period of time for vacation or other reasons, Provider shall notify ACC in advance of the arrangements made by Provider for the care of the Foster Animal during Provider's absence.
Provider acknowledges and agrees that, except for the financial obligations assumed by ACC in Paragraph _ hereof, Provider is responsible for all costs and expenses directly or indirectly associated with the providing of foster care for the Foster Animal. Provider shall receive no compensation from ACC for the foster care services provided to the Foster Animal under this Agreement. Provider is providing such foster care services voluntarily and the consideration received by Provider is the satisfaction and enjoyment derived from caring for the Foster Animal under this Agreement.
Provider agrees that upon reasonable advance notice to Provider, ACC staff may inspect that portion of Provider's residence where the Foster Animal is being housed for the purpose of confirming the suitability of the area for the care and maintenance of the Foster Animal under this Agreement.
Provider shall immediately notify ACC by telephone or electronic mail in the event of the death of the Foster Animal and shall forthwith return the body of the Foster Animal to ACC for evaluation.
Provider shall have no liability hereunder in connection with the illness, death or disappearance of or injury to the Foster Animal while in Provider's care hereunder except to the extent that the same occurs in connection with the negligent or intentional act or omission of Provider.
Provider expressly acknowledges that he/she is aware of the potential for a variety of diseases and illnesses (e.g. scabies, ringworm, roundworm, cat scratch fever and zoonotic diseases) to be transmitted from animals to humans. Provider also acknowledges that he/she is aware of the potential for Foster Animals to cause injury to other Foster Animals and humans by biting, scratching or other aggressive behavior. Provider, for himself/herself and all others claiming under him/her, hereby expressly waives and releases ACC, the City of Fort Wayne, and their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents, departments and divisions, from any and all claims, obligations, liabilities, costs and expenses (including but not limited to medical and veterinary expenses), both known and unknown and whether now existing or hereafter arising, in connection with any property loss or injury to or death or illness of any person or Foster Animal which arises directly or indirectly from Provider's entering into or performance of this Agreement or Provider's acceptance, care, possession maintenance or control of or contact with any Foster Animal hereunder.
This Agreement: (a) constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with regard to the matters contained herein or contemplated hereby; (b) may only be modified in a writing signed by ACC and Provider; (c) shall be binding upon ACC, Provider and their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns; (d) shall be construed under Indiana law. If any of the provision or provisions of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.