Foster Care Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming an LHS foster parent! Foster parents help LHS save hundreds of lives each year. You are a critical part of our team and our success! Please fill out the form below to join our dedicated foster care team. Due to a heavy workload caring for hundreds of animals, please allow a few business days for a response.

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    To become an LHS foster parent, I understand that I will be required to abide by the following conditions. I agree to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of an LHS foster parent outlined here within and to abide by the policies and procedures of the foster care program.

    Further, I understand:

    • Foster animals are the property of LHS and remain so until ownership is transferred at the time of adoption
    • I agree to fully read the foster care manual and complete any online orientations which will be sent to me after I have been accepted as a foster parent
    • I agree to attentively care for the animal(s) as a companion animal being prepped for adoption and to bring the animal(s) back to LHS for any necessary medical treatment, progress checks, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, and adoption
    • Foster parents are required to provide transportation to bring foster animal(s) into the shelter for checkups and regular vaccinations
    • The length of time each animal needs in foster care varies, LHS may request that an animal stay in foster care for a longer amount of time if necessary
    • I may return my foster animal at any time, for any reason; I will do my best to contact the Foster Care Coordinator prior to returning the foster animal so accommodations can be arranged
    • LHS has the right to request/demand the return of the animal at any point in time
    • I agree not to foster animals from any other organization while I have LHS foster animals, unless granted specific approval by the foster care coordinator
    • Foster animals are not to be left in the care of anyone outside of the foster parent’s household without prior approval from the Foster Care Coordinator

    • Adoption inquiries must be directed to LHS Foster Care Coordinator
    • Foster animals are not eligible for adoption until approved by our medical team
    • Potential adopters must meet LHS adoption criteria and pay all applicable adoption fees
    • LHS has the right to deny an adoption based on information provided by the potential adopter

    • All animal related ordinances apply to LHS foster animals, including but not limited to leash and pooper scooper ordinances
    • I must always keep the provided rabies and foster care ID tags on any canine over 4 months of age and the tags must be returned with the foster animal
    • Any time an LHS canine is taken outside, the canine must be secured with 2 separate leashes attached to 2 separate points of contact (2 collars or a collar and a harness set are considered appropriate points of contact)
    • I will not allow foster dogs or puppies to have any unsupervised off-leash time outdoors
    • Foster animals are not to be taken to public places such as pet stores or off leash dog parks, unless explicit permission is given by the Foster Care Coordinator
    • Puppies under 6 months old are never to be taken to public places or allowed to walk on the ground (this is done to prevent the spread of the deadly parvovirus)
    • LHS foster cats and kittens are not to be allowed outside under any circumstance
    • When transporting LHS animals, do not roll the vehicle’s windows down more than 2 inches. LHS animals are not to be left unattended in a vehicle under any circumstance
    • Foster animals are not to be transported out of state
    • Foster animals are not to be relocated to a new home address without prior approval from the Foster Care Coordinator

    • It is recommended to keep foster animals separate from your own pet(s) to help contain the spread of any potential illness foster animal may be harboring. I acknowledge that I have been advised to quarantine my foster animal away from my owned animals
    • If any personal pets become ill from being around the foster animal, the shelter cannot treat them
    • I understand that LHS cannot reimburse me for any outside veterinary care I seek for my foster animal or my own personal animals
    • I understand that based on the health or temperament of the animal, which may change once in foster care, LHS may need to provide humane euthanasia; this decision is made in the best interest of the animal after medical or behavioral intervention has been attempted and failed

    I agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Lexington Humane Society (LHS), a non-profit Kentucky corporation with its principal place of business being located in Lexington, Kentucky, its officers, directors, and employees for any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, liabilities, settlement agreements, damages, expenses and suits at law or in equity that arise out of my performing services for LHS, its officers, directors, or employees.

    I recognize that in handling animals while performing services for LHS, there exists a risk of injury including, but not limited to, personal physical harm. On behalf of myself, my heirs, assignees, guardians, and personal and legal representatives and executors, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless LHS, its officers, directors, and employees for any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, liabilities, settlement agreements, damages, expenses connected with my services to the Society whether caused directly or indirectly by any negligence (active or passive) attributable to LHS, its officers, directors, or employees.

    I acknowledge that I am advised and encouraged to consult with my physician regarding: tetanus vaccinations, rabies prophylaxis, and possible allergic reactions.

    I understand the above and agree to assume all responsibility for this animal(s) and its actions and will assume all liability.

    Please type your full name as a digital signature.