Foster

As of September 2014 DAR is putting the Fostering Program on hold and trying a Open Rescue Program – Please read our Puerto Rico Animal Rescue Page for Details.

We are leaving this page in tact in case we decide to start the Foster Program up again.

Fostering Program / Rules

If you will be fostering from outside Puerto Rico – Please see our Remote Fosters Page

If you read this whole page and decide you can’t honor all the Foster Rules – Please go back and read the Rescue Page options to help animals

If you will be fostering from Puerto Rico – Please read this page in full

NOTE: To Foster a Cat you must keep the cat indoors always – if that can not be done email us about sponsoring the cats Vet care and/or going to Isabela PetVet  for less expensive services.  The reason is indoor/outdoor cats sometimes don’t come home and therefore can’t get adopted.  DAR trys to recoup Vet costs in adoption fees.  If we can’t recoup those fees we need to minimize those fees.  Isablea PetVet services for cats are half the price.   Cats reproduce quickly, work with us to fix your areas street cats.  We can help!

Email darrincon@gmail.com answering the following questions – Either to Foster an Animal you Found or  Please Consider Fostering one of our Adoptable Animals, freeing up room for another animal from the streets to be rescued

  1. Your Name, Email & Phone – We NEED ALL 3 Please
  2. Where you live / Where the animal will be fostered
  3. Has the animal already been spoken for/adopted OR is the animal currently scheduled to fly out of Puerto Rico?
  4. Details of the Animal / If any of the animal’s characteristics change during foster time let us know so we can update information on all our adopt sites – Including PetFinder.com
    1. Animal Name – (Do not change this name at the Vet because tracking an animal with different names doesn’t work)
    2. Dog or Cat
    3. Sex – Sterilized
    4. Age
    5. Breed(s) – (For DOGS all Vet Records will be officially “MIX” but for adoption sites we need to guess at what Breed the dog might be – You can give us TWO breeds and then we will add Mix also – People looking from Petfinder type sites will normally search by breed)
    6. Color (s)
    7. Approx Weight / Size – Now and Est. if will grow
    8. House Trained
    9. Crate Trained
    10. Walks on Leash
    11. Good With Other Dogs
    12. Good With Cats
    13. Good With Adults
    14. Good With Children
    15. Names of person taking to the Vet (first and last) so we can Authorize them
    16. Bio for Website (write it out so it can go directly on website darrincon.org/adopt – where found, personality, etc) –
      Photos 
    17. Sign Liability Release Waiver – You can download DAR Liability Waiver PDF from our Forms Page or copy and paste the following into email – insert your name – You will still need to sign a hardcopy but in order to expedite visits to the vets, you can email the following to get started
        • DAR Foster Liability Release and WaiverI, _______________________, understand that my participation with Defensa Animal de Rincon – known as DAR is strictly on a volunteer basis. I understand that there are inherent risks associated with my DAR foster activities, including the risk of personal injury resulting from animal bites and other animal behavior.
          In exchange for DAR’s agreement to allow me to participate in it’s foster program, I hereby release DAR, including it’s board members, officers, agents and employees, from any and all claims of liability of any kind whatsoever including, but not limited to, claims of negligence and/or injury to me arising out of my participation in DAR’s Foster Program. I understand that by signing below I am waiving any and all claims of liability including, but not limited to, claims of negligence and/or injury to me, against the Humane Society of Jefferson county, its officers, agents, and employees, arising out of my participation in DAR’s Foster Program.
    18. Do You Agreed to ALL of THE FOLLOWING 9 DAR FOSTER RULES?

1) DETICK & DEWORM YOUR FOSTER IMMEDIATELY AND PRIOR TO VET VISIT

You can bath your foster and pull ticks and fleas off *or* you can take your foster in a crate to the Vet.  Leave the foster outside the Vet’s office and ask them to check out the animal before you bring it into the office.  DAR will authorize and pay for monthly flea/tick meds from the Vet. Once we get your initial email agreeing to our foster terms, we will respond with authorization for the meds. Please do not take an animal that has ticks or fleas to a Vets office as you jeopardize DAR’s relationship with the Vets if you infest a Vets office.   Give your foster at least two days with flea meds before taking them to the Vet

2) SCHEDULE THE VET VISIT

When we respond to your initial email, we will connect you with either Aguada AMC or Mayaguez Miradero Vet Clinic, the services will be paid by DAR.  NOTE: If the animal is old enough to be spay/neutered we need you to SCHEDULE WITH MIRADERO TO HAVE ALL SERVICES PERFORMED on first visit ASAP!! We DO NOT PAY FOR SPAY/NEUTER AT AGUADA AMC because they are more expensive.   You will need to call to schedule SPAY/NEUTER at Miradero, make sure when on the phone setting the date that the Miradero Clinic  knows your visit will be billed to DAR and make sure the following are all completed in the first visit if the animal’s health and age permits.   Note:  If you are not scheduling a SPAY/NEUTER at either Clinic you DO NOT MAKE AN APPOINTMENT – It is walk in services at both Vets.

ALL DAR ANIMALS will have the following completed before being adopted

  1. Spay / Neuter (age appropriate)
  2. De-worm
  3. 4dx Test
  4. Vaccinations
  5. Rabies (age appropriate)
  6. One dose tick/flea meds
  7. One dose heartgard meds (after 4dx test is neg.)
    • Mayaguez Miradero Vet Clinic 787-834-6050 / Facebook Page / Normally Open Mon-Fri till 9pm & Sat 5pm – call to confirm directions and hours (Directions from Rincon: Take #115 South, it dead ends into Hwy #2, Turn right onto/take Hwy # 2 towards Mayaguez. Make a Left at Hwy # 3108, continue straight until the road ends ( 1.2 km), then make a Left on Hwy # 108. 300 hundred feet further on the right is the Vet. Parking on the back.)
    • Aguada AMC Vet Clinic (787) 868-8000 / Normally Open Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm Call for directions and hours

3) KEEP THE ANIMAL IN YOUR HOME – NO FREE ROAMING IN UNFENCED YARDS OR LOOSE ON THE STREETS; SOCIALIZE AND FEED

Foster homes must  keep dogs and cats inside the house if they do not have a secured yard.  Foster animals may not be allowed to roam the streets or unfenced yards.  Things such as (depending on cats or dogs) interacting with people, walking on a leash, using a litter box, non-food-aggression etc. Fosters need to supply their own  animal food via purchasing it or asking friends for food donations.  When we have donated food we will offer it to our fosters.  We are always looking for ways to increase animal food donations. We can not have you stop fostering prior to us finding the animal a home.   If you do, we will not be able to work with you in the future.   We will happily work with YOU if you’d like to cut your foster time short.  But you can not simply stop fostering without helping us to find another home.

4) HAVE A COLLAR AND RABIES TAG ON YOUR FOSTER AT ALL TIMES

Make sure your foster always has their collar with rabies tag attached.  Make sure you have the Rabies Certificate and all other important paperwork (such as SPAY/NEUTER certificate) in a safe place. If you’d prefer DAR can hold onto these documents for you.  Email us if you’d like us to have them darrincon@gmail.com

5) TAKE YOUR FOSTER DOG OR CAT TO SUNDAY FARMER’S MARKET

This event is very important to finding your foster a forever home.    You can ask a friend to do it for you, but every Sunday from about 10am to Noon your foster should be looking it’s best (no ticks/fleas, clean, smelling good) and at the Rincon Downtown Plaza Farmer’s Market.  We set up directly across from the Mayor’s Office.

6) TAKE THE ANIMAL TO REQUIRED VET VISITS

DAR will pay the Vet bills but we need you the Foster to be responsible for knowing when the animal needs follow up visits AND for documenting each visit so we can put that information on your animal’s adopt page! Please email darrincon@gmail.com before and after Vet visits. Keep us informed

7) PROMOTE YOUR FOSTER FOR ADOPTION

Tell your friends about your animal.  Share your animal on facebook.   Email darrincon@gmail.com weekly with new photos of your animal and updates on their health and personality.

8) GET ADOPTION FEE – CONFIRM WITH DAR BEFORE GIVING OR SENDING AN ANIMAL ANYWHERE

You may NOT give an animal to anyone without first checking with DAR (best communication is darrincon@gmail.com) to discuss the fit of the potential adopter and determine a unique adoption fee for your unique animal.    The  Guidelines on adoption fees follow, just so you have a general idea – but these are not set in stone.  Each foster and adoption is a unique situation:

  • The goal is for each animal’s adoption fee to minimally cover the specific expenses for that animal.  If an adopter can give more it goes towards the next street or abused animal.
  • Keep in mind the adoption fee always shows that the prospective adopter values the animal and is in a financial position to care for the animal once it is theirs.   If someone is really put off by having to pay an adoption fee they might not offer a good home for your animal – If they need to make the fee in monthly payments that can be worked out.
  • Local Adoptions are normally a minimum of $150 Adoption Donation Fee (covering DAR’s costs of Vaccinations, Deworming, Health Care, Food, Preventative Monthly Meds and Spay/Neuter
  • Remote Adoptions are normally a minimum of $150 Adoption Donation Fee PLUS the actual travel fees which can range from as low as $100 up to $500 depending on where they fly from and if you have a crate.  Please don’t let the money stop you from fostering or adopting – we will help by asking for help, if you tell us what you need.  (Breakdown $100 to $250 Airlines/Flight, $75 Crate, and $50 Vet’s Travel Certificate/Final Visit)

9) THE FOSTER ANIMAL IS ULTIMATELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY WHILE WITH YOU

Because you will be day to day with the animal you must be willing to accept full responsibility for keeping the animal safe and others safe, to the best of your ability, until you are no longer fostering the animal