Foster Release Form
I hereby agree to accept a position as a foster parent for the Baltimore Humane Society (hereinafter “BHS”), and in so doing, I agree to comply with all of the rules and regulations which may be established by BHS, and I understand that failure to do so may result in my immediate termination as a volunteer.
I acknowledge that my services are provided strictly on a volunteer basis, without pay or compensation of any kind, and without liability of any nature on behalf of the Humane Society.
I acknowledge and understand that working with animals may be dangerous and carries with it certain inherent risks to myself and my pets contact that cannot be eliminated regardless of the amount of care taken to avoid injuries or illness. These risks include attacks by animals and the exposure to transmittable diseases that can result in serious injury or even death to me or my pets.
I understand, appreciate and agree to personally assume any and all liability and risks of volunteering with BHS and working with animals that may be dangerous and carries with it certain inherent risks.
I recognize that in handling animals and performing other volunteer tasks, there exists a risk of injury or physical harm. I recognize that there also exists the potential for the transfer of infectious disease from animal to animal, as well as from animal to human (zoonotic diseases) such as Ringworm, Lyme Disease, Cat Scratch Disease, Rabies, and others.
I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE, INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE BHS, its officials, agents, employees, officers contractors, directors, assigns, representatives from every penalty, claim, loss, cost, damage, demand, action, cause of action, all attorney's fees, lien and/or expenses arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by me or my pet, or to any property belonging to me, during my performance as a foster parent with BHS, including but not limited to any foster work performed at the facility or grounds located at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136, any foster work performed off-site for or in conjunction with BHS, as well as any failure of observance of any rules, regulations or policies of BHS. BHS shall not be liable for injury to me, my pet, or damages to my property arising from any act or omission of BHS, BHS’s contractors, invitees, employees, any third party, volunteers, or any animal.
I agree to DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS BHS from and against all claims of whatever nature (including, but not limited to, medical costs), arising from any of my acts, omissions or negligence, or arising from any accident, injury, or damage whatsoever caused to me, any other person, animal or to my property or the property of any person occurring while I am providing volunteer work to BHS, or arising from any accident, injury, or damage occurring on BHS’s premises.
I further agree to DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS BHS, its officials, agents, employees, officers, andrepresentatives from any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs of any kind (including, but not limited to, medical costs), expenses, damages and liabilities, including attorney’s fees and court costs brought by any party as a result of my involvement in any aspect of volunteering with BHS. I agree to reimburse BHS for any such expenses incurred.
I expressly agree that the foregoing liability waiver is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of Maryland or any other applicable federal laws and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal effect and force.
BHS makes no representations or warranties whatsoever with respect to the environmental conditions, physical conditions, or working conditions of any of the properties where I shall volunteer and foster. I am accessing the property completely at my own risk and BHS cannot, and does not, guarantee the safety of me or my pet. I accept the use and access to BHS property in “As-Is” condition.
I give BHS permission to publish my picture and name in any promotional materials to include, but not limited to newsletters, web sites, commercials, and other advertisements or solicitation material. I hereby consent that BHS and/or assignees is authorized to use my name, portrait, picture, photograph or any reproduction of myself for editorial and/or commercial purposes by BHS.
Permission is hereby granted to BHS to make changes or alterations and/or use my name or fictitious one for such purposes. No payment from the Humane Society will be expected in exchange.
I also agree to adhere to BHS' Social Media Policy outlined below:
For purposes of this policy, social media includes all means of communicating or posting information or content of any sort on the Internet, including to your own or someone else's web log or blog, journal or diary, personal website, social networking or affinity website, web bulletin board or a chat room, whether associated or affiliated with the Organization, as well as any other form of electronic communication. Organization principles, guidelines, and policies apply to online activities just as they apply to other areas of work. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for what you communicate in social media. You may be personally responsible for any litigation that may arise should you make unlawful defamatory, slanderous, or libelous statements against any customer, manager, owner, or staff members of the Organization. Ensure your postings are consistent with these guidelines. Postings that include unlawful discriminatory remarks, harassment, and threats of violence or other unlawful conduct will not be tolerated and may subject you to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
While sheltering or providing foster care any of the Baltimore Humane Society’s animals in my home, I consent to a representative of BHS visiting my home from time to time to observe the animals and their living conditions.
By signing below, I hereby agree that I have read this liability waiver in its entirety and fully understand all of its terms. I acknowledge that I am signing the liability waiver freely and voluntarily, and intend by my signature to completely and unconditionally release BHS of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law. The representations, conditions and commitments contained in this instrument shall be binding upon my estate, heirs, assigns, legatees, next-of-kin and personal representatives. I understand that, by signing this document, I may be giving up rights afforded to me by law and willingly, voluntarily, and forever waive such rights.