I, the undersigned, wish to participate as a volunteer with the CARE, Southcoast (“CARE”), a non-profit organization. As a volunteer, I understand that there is a potential risk involved while participating in events/volunteer duties. Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to, transporting live animals, performing evaluations on live animals, overseeing/conducting meet and greets with live animals and potential foster or adoptive families, providing medical care to live animals, fostering live animals, performing meet and greets with multiple live animals, walking live animals, temporarily caring for live animals, doing home visits with or without live animals, processing applications, entering data, being present and handling live animals at adoption events or fundraising events, etc.
I understand that CARE represents the temperament of each cat and dog to the best of our knowledge however animals can be very unpredictable. I understand that CARE, board members, volunteers, foster families and affiliates are not responsible for the behavior, response, or action of any animal in any given situation whether or not alleged to be caused or contributed to by the NEGLIGENCE of CARE or its volunteers. I acknowledge the risks involved in adopting or taking custody of rescue animals or any animals due to their natural propensities. As a volunteer I will follow every safety precaution to keep myself, the animals and others safe. I understand that I handle all animals at my own risk. I also understand that I volunteer and participate in events at my own risk. I voluntarily and knowingly sign this waiver, releasing CARE, and its board members, volunteers, foster families and affiliates of any and all liability, expense, damage, loss or cost as a result of any claim brought against CARE whether as a result of negligence, willful action or recklessness. I will not hold CARE liable for any emotional, physical, personal or property damage suffered while volunteering, both directly and/or indirectly. I further agree that no other person, including but not limited to a spouse, family member, friend or other volunteer/member on my behalf, will hold CARE liable for any accident, damage, bodily injury or even death (including attorney’s fees) that arises from my voluntary service for CARE.
I certify that I have my own health insurance to cover any and all medical bills that I might incur while volunteering both directly and indirectly for CARE. If I do not have health insurance, I certify that I will not sue for any medical bills that I might incur while volunteering both directly and indirectly for CARE. I certify that I have my own automobile insurance to cover any and all medical and property damage expenses in the unlikely event of a car accident while in the service of volunteering for CARE.
I hereby authorize CARE to contact my references to verify said statements. I believe the information provided to be true and correct and understand that the application will be denied or CARE if it is determined that the information contained in this application is false or misleading. I understand that CARE has the right to deny any applicant for any reason in the sole judgment of the Shelter.