Foster Application
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Foster Application

Foster applications are generally reviewed within 1-2 regular business days after receipt

Foster applicants must be 21 years of age or older. 

Thank you for your interest in fostering a dog from Hopeful Hearts Rescue, Inc. Your will application will be thoughtfully reviewed based on the specific needs of the dogs in our care.


Your digital signature certifies all the information you provide in this application is truthful and you understand and agree with the Foster Care Guidelines and Acknowledgements outlined below.


1. As a foster caregiver, you are required to comply with all animal-related laws and ordinances in Collier County.
2. You will need to communicate with Hopeful Hearts Rescue Inc. (HHR) on a weekly basis, via e-mail, phone, or in person, particularly with regard to the temperament and medical condition of the foster animal in your care. In the event of any problem or concern, you must contact HHR immediately at (239) 348-2317.
3. As a foster caregiver, you may be required to transport your foster dog to medical appointments as scheduled with HHR.
4. If you wish to adopt your foster pet, you will need to complete an HHR adoption contract and pay the set adoption donation.
5. Veterinary care may only be provided by the veterinarian approved by HHR. You may request pre-approval of a particular provider in your area by emailing HHR at If you believe that your foster animal requires emergency care, you must contact HHR immediately at (239) 348-2317 for further instructions.
6. Because the animals come from various sources, an animal may have a medical or behavioral condition that doesn’t show itself until after it has entered your foster care. In some cases, the condition(s) may require that the foster animal be removed from the foster care program entirely. If such a situation arises, you are required to return the animal to HHR within 24 hours of being requested to do so. HHR is not responsible for any injury or damage to people or privately-owned pets as a result of your participation as a foster caregiver.
7. Dogs cannot roam free outdoors. They may, however, have access to a backyard that is securely fenced with fencing that the dogs cannot climb over or dig under. When outside of the home or a fenced yard, all foster dogs must be on leashes. Consequently, your foster dog will be leashed at all times outside of your immediate home structure, including in your driveway, shared HOA common areas (if applicable), unfenced yard, and sidewalk. Further, to ensure the safety of your foster dog, you will:
• keep your foster dog crated (or similarly secured) whenever you are not home or otherwise leaving the pet unattended.
• not leave your foster dog in at any boarding facility or doggy day care (unless with specific authorization by HHR).
• not take your foster dog to off-leash at beaches or parks.
• not introduce your foster dog to another dog unless you have verified that the other dog is friendly and current on vaccines.
8. Your foster pet should follow the diet as provided by HHR to avoid gastric or intestinal upsets which could be mistaken for illness. HHR will provide needed food for your foster animal during your foster period. It is the responsibility of the foster caregiver to get food supplies from HHR, as needed. HHR will not deliver food supplies to foster care homes. Do not give your foster animal “people food” and “table scraps.”
9. We recommend that you initially quarantine your foster animal from your pets and/or family members. If you have animals of your own, make the introductions slowly. Ideally, the new animal should have a place of its own for at least 2 days. HHR is not responsible for any illness your personal pet(s) may contract because the animals were not properly quarantined.
10. Try to have toys appropriate to the animal’s age. Avoid toys that might be eaten and cause choking or gastrointestinal problems. Do not let dogs chew rawhides, hooves, pigs’ ears, or Greenies while unattended due to choking hazard.
11. ALWAYS keep kitchen and garbage products, pool cleaning supplies, anti-freeze, windshield wiper fluid, and rat or mouse poisonings or any other potentially dangerous household cleaners out of reach of your foster care animal.
12. Always supervise children and animals when they are together.
13. You are required to give the animals under your care fresh food and water on a regular basis, adequate shelter, and supervised interactions. An HHR staff member may visit your home prior to placing a foster care animal in your charge and may periodically make a pre-arranged visit during your time spent caring for the foster animal.
14. Injuries and or bites may happen however diligent a caregiver may be. ANY injury or bites must be immediately reported to HHR so further investigation may be completed. HHR is not responsible for any injury or damage as a result of your participation as a foster caregiver. Should there be a behavior issue with the animal, please report it immediately. Foster care can be a very rewarding experience and can save the lives of many animals who would otherwise not find homes.


Hopeful Hearts Rescue determines the criteria for fostering, decides which dogs are eligible for foster care, and appoints foster caregivers from a pre-approved list of foster caregivers. Hopeful Hearts Rescue foster caregivers may refuse any specific request to foster a dog for any reason. Hopeful Hearts Rescue staff will inform you of any medical treatments to be administered, the anticipated length of foster care period, the objectives of each particular placement (restoring to health, rearing to adoptable age, socialization, etc.), and any other restrictions or expectations Hopeful Hearts Rescue has for each foster dog.
You will be expected to keep the dog safe and secure, return it to Hopeful Hearts Rescue when requested to do so, and not promise the dog to anyone, or imply that you have the authority to approve a potential adoption. Hopeful Hearts Rescue retains ownership of all dogs placed in foster care and will make all decisions regarding adoption and placement of the dogs fostered.
You may be asked to transport dogs to Hopeful Hearts Rescue, veterinary appointments, surgery, behavior evaluations, vaccinations, adoption events, potential adopter meetings, etc. You will provide updates and insight into the foster dog’s personality, behavior, temperament, medical condition, and progress on objectives.
I understand a home visit by a Hopeful Hearts Rescue representative or fellow rescue group representative is required as a condition of this foster approval and I agree to allow Hopeful Hearts Rescue to visit the foster pet in my home anytime without an appointment.
I understand although Hopeful Hearts Rescue takes reasonable care to screen dogs for foster care placement, it makes no guarantees relating to the dog’s health, behavior, or actions. I understand that I receive foster care dogs at my own risk and can decline to accept any dog for which Hopeful Hearts Rescue has asked me to provide care. I acknowledge Hopeful Hearts Rescue is not responsible for property damage or personal injury suffered by me, members of my household including my own animals, or any third parties during a foster placement, and I assume liability to provide adequate controls to prevent such damage or injury. I agree to hold Hopeful Hearts Rescue harmless for any of the above-mentioned damages and agree to indemnify Hopeful Hearts Rescue for any damages, claims, or causes of action brought by any third party.
I recognize by interacting with Hopeful Hearts Rescue dogs there are risks of injury,  including but not limited to physical harm caused by biting, jumping, and/or playing. On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives, and executors, I hereby assume any and all risks which might be associated with the interaction with Hopeful Hearts Rescue dogs. I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless, Hopeful Hearts Rescue Inc, including all Board Members, volunteers, fosters, and affiliates, against any and all causes of action and/or claims for damages or injuries resulting from my interaction with Hopeful Hearts Rescue dogs and the fostering of a Hopeful Hearts Rescue dog, incurred either by me or as a result of injury to a third party.