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Tenth Life Cat Rescue Foster Application and Contract

Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster parent! Please complete the below application. Once received, our Foster Coordinator will review your responses and will contact you. Please note that this program is 100% volunteer-operated. Therefore, phone interviews and home visits are typically held once a week on Saturdays, holidays excluded. If you'd like to schedule a different time, please say so on the application. We will do our best to accommodate your request. If you would like to follow up or if you have questions, please email us. You can also call 314-808-2454.

Thank you very much!

Applicant Information
Family/Household Questionairre
Please list any companion animals with whom you currently live
Foster Preferences
General Questions
Personal References

References cannot be relatives, cannot live with you, and at least one must have a local address.

Tenth Life Foster Parent Contract

By entering into this foster partnership with Tenth Life Cat Rescue, I agree to the following terms and policies:

  • I am at least 21 years of age and will be the primary caregiver for the Foster Cat(s).
  • I have received the Tenth Life Foster Manual and will retain a copy for future reference.

Pet's Health and Disposition
Tenth Life Cat Rescue cannot guarantee the health or disposition of any foster animal. I understand that I am fully responsible for the safety and well being of my Foster Cat(s). Additionally, I understand and agree to the following:

  • I will provide a safe, loving, humane indoor environment for my Foster Cat(s), who are not allowed outdoors under any circumstances.
  • I will provide fresh litter, nutritional food, fresh water, and grooming (if necessary).
  • I confirm that all of my resident pets are now, and will remain, current on all vaccinations and that I am in compliance with all state and local animal laws.
  • I will give my Foster Cat(s) affection, attention, and playtime.
  • I understand that Tenth Life requests all Foster Cat(s) to remain isolated from my personal pets for the duration of my fostering period. If I choose to integrate my Tenth Life Foster Cat(s) with my own pets, I assume all risk and responsibility associated with doing so, including the cost of any health care needed by my own pets.
  • I agree to administer medication & provide physical therapy (if applicable) as requested.
  • I agree to take my foster cat(s) to routine veterinary appointments as needed.
  • I agree to monitor the health of my foster cat(s) and to notify Tenth Life and/or the vet if any issue occurs and to transport the cat to veterinary appointments as needed.
  • I acknowledge that all veterinary appointments must be pre-approved by Tenth Life and may only be conducted at Tenth Life-approved clinics (see Contact Guidelines). I also acknowledge that Tenth Life pays all vet bills for approved procedures at approved clinics only and that any veterinary care administered by clinics other than these two, or without consent of the organization, will not be reimbursed by Tenth Life.
  • I acknowledge that Foster Cat(s) may not be altered in any way, including but not limited to: declawing, cropping of ears, bobbing of tail, dewclaw removal, etc.
  • I will promptly notify Tenth Life immediately of any of the following: any signs of illness, behavioral issues or concerns, an inability to continue to foster, if the pet becomes lost, and/or if the pet bites someone.

Reasonable Adoption Efforts
Typically, people must see a cat in order to fall in love. Tenth Life hosts adoption events at local businesses several times per month to give cats the best possible chance at getting adopted. The goal is to help a Foster Cat(s) find his/her permanent home. To this end I understand and agree to the following:

  • I agree to actively pursue an adoptive home for the foster cat(s) in my care by attending at least one (1) Tenth Life adoption event per month. I understand that I may also take further steps to help my Foster Cat(s) find a home, such as: sharing on facebook, twitter, craigslist or elsewhere, emailing/calling family and friends, etc.
  • I understand that all potential adopters must be screened and approved by Tenth Life.
  • I understand that Tenth Life agrees to list adoptable cats on www.tenthlifecats.org, www.petfinder.com, and www.adoptapet.com. However, I agree to make a reasonable effort to meet with one of Tenth Life’s volunteer professional photographers or to provide clear, focused, uncluttered, and attractive photos of my foster cats which can be emailed to petfinder@tenthlifecats.org along with a short bio describing the cat’s temperament.
  • I agree to allow potential adopters to visit with the Foster Cat(s) upon reasonable notice and request.

Transfer and Keeping of Animals
Fostering is temporary; however, Tenth Life requests that you keep your Foster Cat until s/he is adopted. To this end I understand and agree to the following:

  • I will not transfer Foster Cat(s) to the custody of another person, household, shelter, humane society, SPCA, or other entity, temporarily or permanently, without written authorization from Tenth Life Cat Rescue.
  • If the Foster Cat(s) in may care is/are lost or stolen, I will immediately notify Tenth Life via telephone and email and will make a reasonable effort to locate the Foster Cat(s).
  • If an adoption has not occurred and I wish to discontinue fostering, I understand that I am required to return all Foster Cats to Tenth Life Cat Rescue pursuant to the policies and procedures for doing so.
  • I understand that alternate placement may not be available and I agree to value and respect this contract, honoring my commitment if admission is approved based upon my offer to foster.

Return of Animals
All pets in Tenth Life’s foster program are Tenth Life “residents” and must be returned within 24 hours upon request. I, the undersigned, understand that I am temporarily fostering this pet for Tenth Life and that I have no right of ownership of any foster animal. I understand that a $75 donation to the organization is requested for each Foster Cat not returned to Tenth Life in order to help cover the costs incurred while the cat was in Tenth Life’s care.

Personal or Property Damage and/or Injury
I understand that accidental animal bites or other injuries to humans and other animals may occur. I agree that Tenth Life cannot be held responsible for any damages which the Foster Cat(s) may inflict upon any person or animal while in Foster Care, nor is Tenth Life responsible if the animal shall transfer any disease, internal or external parasites, or other ailment to other animals and people. Furthermore, Tenth Life is not responsible for any damage or destruction of property of any kind. I agree to hold harmless, indemnify, and defend Tenth Life in regards to any and all claims or suits filed by any party as a result of such incident.

Accuracy of Information
By signing below, I acknowledge that the information provided on this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. If, at any time, the information I have provided changes, I will provide the updated information to the Tenth Life Foster Care Program.

I understand that if I am approved for fostering, this declaration represents a legal contract between me, as the Foster Parent, and Tenth Life Cat Rescue. I understand that if I am approved to foster an animal, I must abide by this agreement and that this agreement applies, in perpetuity, to any and all animals that I foster with Tenth Life.

If Tenth Life Cat Rescue believes that the Foster Parent has violated any conditions of the Foster Agreement, the Foster Parent shall, upon request of Tenth Life Cat Rescue, immediately return the cat to Tenth Life Cat Rescue.

In consideration of the temporary transfer of guardianship of the Tenth Life Cat Rescue (“Tenth Life”) cat described herein (“Foster Cat”), I, the undersigned (“Foster”) hereby acknowledge the terms and policies set forth above. I agree to assume responsibility in accordance with these terms and to comply with all Tenth Life Cat Rescue policies and procedures.

Tenth Life Volunteer Waiver

This Liability Release, Waiver and Indemnification is for assistance provided to Tenth Life Cat Rescue (“Tenth Life”) relating to the provision of foster parenting and/or volunteer services to Tenth Life, including, but not limited to, handling, caring for, and cleaning live animals and their living quarters, maintaining facilities owned or operated by Tenth Life, administrative/office work, and potentially travel or the consumption of food and drink while performing such activities (collectively, the “Work”). By signing below, I acknowledge and agree that:

  1. I, the Volunteer, am 18 years of age, or am the parent or guardian signing this document on behalf of a Volunteer under the age of 18. If signed by a parent or guardian, I represent that I am the legal parent or guardian of the Volunteer who is under the age of 18 and I hereby consent to the Volunteer’s participation in the Work and agree to the terms and conditions in this agreement as to the Volunteer.
  2. Participation in the Work may pose risk to Volunteers or others including the risk of injury, disability, death and /or economic losses.
  3. I understand that Tenth Life does not carry insurance to cover injuries, illness, and losses of Volunteers. I am not relying upon Tenth Life to maintain insurance coverage if I am injured.
  4. I hereby expressly and specifically assume any and all risk of injury, illness, death, property damage or economic loss resulting from my activities as a Volunteer while working for Tenth Life. I understand that the Work may include activities that may be hazardous to the Volunteer or physically strenuous. While Tenth Life takes all steps it can to maintain safety, I agree that I am not relying on Tenth Life to do so. I understand the risks involved and accept all of the risks.
  5. I agree that Tenth Life, its officers, representatives, agents, employees, and Volunteers shall not be liable for any claims or damages whatsoever to me or my property arising out of or connected with my participation in, or travel related to, the Work. I hereby release Tenth Life, its officers, representatives, agents, employees, and volunteers, from all such claims or damages, including but not limited to all acts of passive or active negligence on the part of Tenth Life, its officers, representatives, agents, employees, and Volunteers. I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Tenth Life from any legal actions, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) resulting from or connected with the matters set forth herein.
  6. This agreement shall be legally binding on me and the Volunteer, and our respective estates, heirs, assigns, legal guardians, and personal representatives.
  7. I expressly agree that this agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Missouri, and that this agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri. I agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this agreement shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise effect the remaining provisions of this agreement which shall continue to be enforceable.
  8. I hereby grant and convey unto Tenth Life all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by Tenth Life during the Volunteer’s Work with Tenth Life, including but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or records.
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