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Foster Application

We encourage anyone who is interested in fostering to contact us and learn more about this incredible opportunity. Fostering saves lives!


Save a life today by opening your home

Do you own or rent?
Do you have the permission of your landlord to have a dog?
Do you or any member of your family have any on-going medical conditions or physical limitations (including any allergies) that might interfere with fostering a new dog?
Are all family members in agreement with the decision to foster?
Is your yard fenced in? (SCMR does not adopt to homes with Electric Fences*)
Are your dogs always supervised when they are outside?
Do you have a swimming pool? (If No, please go to next section)
If Yes, is it fenced separately?
Do you currently own other pets?
Have you ever fostered dogs before?
Can you isolate the foster dog from your other pets initially or in the event that they cannot get along?
Do you ever use a crate or Xpen for your pets?
Are your dogs/cats current on shots and vaccinations?
Do you test for heartworm every year and keep your pets on heartworm preventative medication?
Do you use flea preventative on your dogs?
Is everyone in your family agreeable to you fostering this dog?
Will you pick up a dog from a home or shelter if that is needed?
Are you willing to participate in transport if one of our dogs needs to be moved across state(s)?
There may be times when you are asked to foster more than 2 Maltese. Are you willing to do this?
Will you accept a permanent foster Maltese?
Do you understand the temperament, socialization, grooming, health issues and proper care of a Maltese?
Do you understand that the foster dog must live in your home as a loved family member and is not an outside dog?
If you have to pick up a dog that is coming into our rescue care, it may have ticks and fleas, have an illness or infection and badly matted hair. Are you prepared to deal with such a situation, to treat, care for, bathe and groom this Maltese?
Do you realize that you may have to foster for months or an indefinite time until the dog is ready or able to be placed?
Foster homes may have to deal with behavior issues. These may include things such as house training, excessive barking, fear of children, submissive wetting, marking territory or nipping at heals. Dogs that come from a puppy mill may have very different behavior patterns than dogs that are surrendered by an owner. Do you feel you are capable and prepared to deal with any behavior issues?
Do you understand that you are expected to administer any medication or treatment the dog may need?
If the dog has aggressive tendencies through fear or dominance issues do you feel capable of handling the situation and able to help retrain the dog?
Do you have any experience with this?
Maltese need to be brushed several times a week if their hair is long. Are you prepared to do this? (SCMR cannot pay for grooming expenses on foster dogs)
Do you understand that you are expected to review applications and participate in the selection of the forever home for your foster dog?

Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue will contact your veterinarian. You may wish to contact him/her prior to our call and give permission for us to discuss your past pet history. SCMR will only approve applications that provide a current veterinarian reference, it is important to know that a new volunteer has a history and working relationship with a veterinarian. If there is not a current reference, perhaps another way to volunteer and work with SCMR would be a better fit.

All the information in this application is true and correct. I understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions herein. I understand that any misrepresentation of the facts may result in my not being approved to provide Maltese foster care or the removal of the foster dog from my home by Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue.

This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which will be deemed to be an original copy of this Agreement and all of which, when taken together, will be deemed to constitute one and the same Agreement. The exchange of copies of this Agreement and of signature pages by facsimile or other electronic transmission shall constitute effective execution and delivery of this Agreement and may be used in lieu of the original Agreement for all purposes. Signatures of the parties transmitted by facsimile or other electronic transmission shall be deemed to be their original signatures for all purposes.

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