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Public Safety Animal Care and Control

Foster Volunteer Application

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Thank you for choosing to become a foster parent for Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control! Fosters play an essential role in helping us to save and assist as many animals as possible by providing a temporary home for them. There is no minimum age to become a foster parent, but there must be an adult in the household who will act as the primary caregiver.  However, a parent/guardian must complete the application, be present for pickups/drop-offs, and assume full responsibility for the foster pet.

If you are under the age of 21 (or older than 21 but still live at home) please have parent/guardian or Head of Household complete the application below. 

**We are now encouraging and accepting fosters for kittens and cats. Any applications received for the purposes of dog fostering will be held for future processing.
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Have you ever been charged with or convicted of any criminal offense, plead guilty, or nolo contendere (no contest), or found guilty of a criminal offense, regardless of adjudication or suspended sentencing?
If yes, list nature of offense, court (City, County, and State), disposition, and date.
I understand that incompleteness in disclosure of criminal records or any falsification or misrepresentation on any forms is grounds for disqualification from the foster volunteer program. *This question is required.
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Do you have a health, medical or allergies that would be affected by fostering for ACC?
Please note, as a registered foster you consent to the possibility of appearing in still or motion pictures, and your name and/or photo may be used for educational, promotional, or other purposes related to the mission of the organization.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is the only open-admission animal shelter in our community; accepting any and all animals in need, regardless of age, size, breed, health, or behavior. Due to the nature of the animals we accept, not all animals are able to be adopted out. Despite our best efforts, there are times when foster pets fail to thrive and humane euthanasia becomes a potential outcome. We understand this may be difficult for a foster parent, if you would still like to help the animals in the shelter but don’t think fostering is for you, please let us know.
Once approved, you will be added to the Foster email list. When you see an animal you would like to foster, simply reply to the email and we will set up an appointment time for you to come in to pick up your foster & supplies.
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1. Please read THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FOSTERING below and provide acknowledgement:
  • Most pets needing foster parents are neonatal kittens, adult cats, and adult dogs. Puppies and dogs under 35 lbs are typically sent to rescue shortly after arriving at our shelter.
    • Your community/neighborhood HOA (or landlord if renting) allow the breed and size of dog you're intending to foster.
    • If the dog or cat that you are fostering is a healthy adoption-approved pet (we will let you know), please actively seek placement for him/her by promoting him/her.
    • We are not fostering dogs at the moment.
  • You must be a Palm Beach County resident and be able to show proof of residency.
  • ALL of your dogs & cats in your home must be current on their Rabies vaccines and Palm Beach County license tags. *Personal pets must be kept separate from your foster pet.
  • Foster pets often have a history of which Animal Care & Control is unaware. You must report medical and behavioral issues to the foster coordinator and/or clinic staff immediately.
  • We ask that you make a 2 week to 2-month commitment to foster.
  • Please be on time for foster re-check appointments, which may be as frequent as every two weeks.
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4. Do you have a pet at home?
If Yes, please upload the Proof of Vaccination for each pet.
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Pet Information:
*Please note, all dog and cats in the home must be current on their rabies shot and County license tag before you can be approved as a foster volunteer.
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Type of Pet
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5. What kind of pet would you like to provide care for? Check as many as apply:Bottle-fed Kitten (must have experience)
6. Are you willing to treat and care for a pet that may have an illness such as Kennel Cough (CIRD) or Feline Upper Respiratory (URI)?
7. You must keep foster animals separate from your own pets. Are you able to keep your own animals isolated away from the foster animal that you bring home?
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