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IDOHR / Foster Responsibilities 

IDOHR Responsibilities


  • Paying for medical care. All medical care will be covered by IDOHR if provided by an approved IDOHR hospital or clinic.

  • Basic necessities, if needed. IDOHR can provide food, bed, collars, leashes, belly bands, diapers.

  • Prior approval of any medical care and purchases made for your IDOHR foster will be needed in order for reimbursement. Please contact an IDOHR mentor.


Foster Responsibilities


  • Providing daily mental and physical exercise suitable to the needs of your foster dog.

  • Providing a safe, quiet environment free of stress.

  • As a foster you are agreeing to keep your foster dog indoors while away from the home and to limit crate time to 4 hours or less in any 24 hour period.

  • As a foster you are agreeing to allow your foster dog to sleep indoors, the use of a crate or x-pen for sleeping purposed is acceptable.

  • Administering any medications prescribed by a veterinarian.

  • Transporting your dog to veterinarian appointments if necessary. Assistance will be provided for those that do not have transportation.

  • Transporting your dog to at least two IDOHR Outreach events each month. Assistance will be provided for those who do not have transportation.

  • Meeting with potential adopters and providing them with information about your current foster dog.

  • Completing a 48-hour post-adoption follow-up with new adopters.

  • Weekly check-in with IDOHR regarding the status of your current foster dog.

  • Promoting your IDOHR dog in a positive manner to the public and providing honest information to those who inquire about your IDOHR dog.

  • If medical treatment is needed, going to one of IDOHR’s approved veterinarian clinics and hospitals. Other arrangements can be made if approved by IDOHR prior to treatment.

  • Communicating any behavior or medical problems to an IDOHR mentor immediately and providing weekly status updates.

  • If at any time, you feel that you cannot properly care for your IDOHR dog, you must give IDOHR at least 5 days notice before returning the dog.

  • The foster agrees that the dog remains under the jurisdiction of IDOHR and can not be abandoned, sold or given to a shelter, retail establishment or research institution.

  • The foster understands that IDOHR has the right to remove the foster dog from the foster home at any time.

  • The foster understands they cannot foster any dogs that are not an IDOHR dog.  It is IDOHR's the responsibility to ensure the safety and health of all foster dogs belonging to IDOHR and cannot ensure their safety if strays or other non-IDOHR fosters are brought into the foster home.

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